- I'll not throw any rotten fruit, Jenna. I liked it too.
And here is where I once again suggest that other Wolfe fans might like to try out the Sherlock Holmes continuation stories done by Laurie R. King. The first book in that series is "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" and there are probably 9 or 10 books in the series at this point. Ms. King has picked up the character where Conan Doyle left him, in retirement in Sussex, keeping bees. This woman is an excellent writer, and I think mystery lovers will enjoy this series.
--- In email@example.com, Jenna Welch <jennalwelch@...> wrote:
> To continue the Sherlock Holmes tangent: I can't say I'm a tremendous fan
> of the old movies (simply for lack of seeing many) though I did think Peter
> Cushing was interesting as Holmes in Hounds of the Baskervilles (1959) - I
> liked the energy he brought to the role, though I disliked the movie
> Of all the Holmes adaptations I've seen, my favorites remain the two most
> creative: "The Great Mouse Detective" (a kid's introduction to the stories,
> very close to my young heart) and the tv show House. Hugh Laurie is THE
> best "Holmes" as far as I'm concerned.
> I also want to go out on a limb and cast my vote as the only "Holmes fan"
> (got to use quotes b/c I haven't read all the stories) who enjoyed the
> latest film with Robert Downey, Jr. I thought a lot of the criticism it
> received for being "off canon" was unjustified.
> You may now commence the traditional throwing of rotten fruits and veggies.
> On Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 6:58 PM, Daniel Monaco <dnlmonaco@...> wrote:
> > I must disagree, there's only one Sherlock Holmes: Jeremy Brett from the
> > Grenada television series.
> > ------------------------------
> > *From:* Frederick <frederward@...>
> > *To:* firstname.lastname@example.org
> > *Sent:* Tue, August 3, 2010 12:20:53 PM
> > *Subject:* [NeroWolfe] Casting
> > --- In email@example.com <nerowolfe%40yahoogroups.com>, Jenna
> > Welch <jennalwelch@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Yes I absolutely agree about RD Reid. I loved him as Stebbins - and also,
> > the fellow who played Rowcliffe. They don't exactly match the characters as
> > I see them in the books, but they portrayed the screen versions SO WELL. And
> > yes, the "unqualified look of admiration" was a nice moment. I also love in
> > the two episodes where someone dies in the brownstone when Archie knocks
> > Stebbins's hat off... really, any scene with Stebbins. I'm a fan.
> > Fred :
> > Oh yes , R-R-Row-c-c-cliffe , now when I read of Archie teasing him , I can
> > just see Th-Th-This Guy :-)
> > Casting is so important , like when they had a series with Sydney
> > Greenstreet as Wolfe . Sydney to me was never Wolfe , he was the fat crook
> > in The Maltese Falcon . Same goes for the Sherlock Holmes stories , I never
> > was happy with anyone as Holmes but Basel Rathbone , or with anyone as
> > Doctor Watson except Nigel Bruce .
> > I repeat my wish that A$E had done just at least one more season of Wolfe
> > with the cast that was in the first two years .
- Truly! What a stupid dictionary!On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 5:44 PM, Julia LaBua <jlabua@...> wrote:
That was "Gambit," and the dictionary's sin was to assert that 'infer' and 'imply' could be used interchangeably. I'm with Wolfe on this one!
http://brilliantdisguise.blogspot.comOn Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 9:17 AM, Fred Ward <frederward@...> wrote:
I remember Wolfe being annoyed at a Dictionary and tearing it up page by page and casting them into the fire , but , I forget what story that was in .Fred----- Original Message -----From: CESent: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 11:28 PMSubject: Re: [NeroWolfe] RIP 9/11 hero--oops!
I had not known that about Rowcliffe.
"Rowcliffe for instance, was based on a proud, honorable Naval officer who Stout absolutely loathed with every fiber of his being and later immortalized him as a stuttering, loathsome goon with air between his ears."
I do think the " Nothing in life" quote is very fine; I only Googled it to be sure I remembered it correctly. Then posted it quickly before reading the context, and had to laugh.
I get annoyed by more common everyday misquotes, or quotes taken out of context. I have friends in AA who swear by the phrase, "to thine own self be true," and it really helps them. Okay, good, but the actual quote is from Polonius to Laertes, and it reads, "To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man." It's part of Polonius' windy speech while Laertes is trying to leave on the boat. It's played for humor along with all of Polonius' other "helpful" remarks.
An even more interesting misquotation is "You will know the truth and the truth will set you free."
I first saw these grand words carved across the whole side of the University of Texas main library. It's on the side of the Tower which faces the South Mall. That was a wonderful thought for an awed freshman from Lubbock. But the actual quote is:
John, Chapter 8: 31-32
"31So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, 'If you continue in My word, THEN you are truly disciples of Mine, 32 and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free."
It's quite clear from the context of the next few paragraphs that Jesus is consistently saying that HE is the bringer of the truth, "(I am) a man who has told you the truth," "I speak the truth," etc. So the actual meaning is not that some intellectual endeavor will be freeing, but that believing in Christ will be freeing.
I'm not annoyed with the misquote because I want to proselytize, far from it, but because I'm obsessive and the wrong saying grates on me.
Those who know the Wolfe canon better than I will know many of the instances where language misuse annoyed him.
as long-winded here as Polonius
--- On Wed, 8/18/10, Daniel Monaco <dnlmonaco@...> wrote:
From: Daniel Monaco <dnlmonaco@...>
Subject: Re: [NeroWolfe] RIP 9/11 hero--oops!
Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 7:27 PMRowcliffe for instance, was based on a proud, honorable Naval officer who Stout absolutely loathed with every fiber of his being and later immortalized him as a stuttering, loathsome goon with air between his ears.