October 4th, 2004

Archie do

Starring the Late Marilyn Monroe...

One interesting item in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is that it has a cameo appearance by Sir Laurence Olivier as the evil mastermind.

"Sir Laurence Olivier?" you may be wondering. "Isn't he dead?" Yes, he is.

Other current or fairly recent works featuring dead performers include the new "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" radio series, featuring Douglas Adams as Agrajag; "Free As a Bird" by The Beatles, with vocals by the late John Lennon; and of course the Bissel ads which featured the late Fred Astaire dancing around with a vacuum cleaner.

Is this a good thing, or a bad thing? Neither? Both? Is it just kinda creepy?

-The Gneech
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The Many Adventures of Higgins

No, not higginsdragon, although I suspect he's had many adventures as well. Anyway...

In part of my pondering about Michael Macbeth, and fiction in general, the sort of pondering that lead me to start writing the Brigid and Greg dialogues, I thought about the idea of a hero named Higgins, whose name would tie the stories together as a title device, e.g., Higgins Takes the Case. The moment that phrase popped into my head, I suddenly had a ton of cool titles...

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It's a neat and fun little exercise, but leading to what? A series of short stories, maybe? The titles suggest light, "caper" sort of stories, in which sometimes Higgins is in ascent, while other times he takes a beating. Wasn't there a mystery series with an art thief as the hero?

Of course, for half of those titles, you could swap out "Higgins" with "Jeeves" and make a workable Wodehouse title ... which suggests something, but I'm not sure what.

Any thoughts?

-The Gneech

PS: I realize that this sort of thing sets me up for spoof titles like "Higgins Breaks Wind" or "Higgins Falls Down Dead." This is one reason why it would only work for a light series.

PPS: Lovejoy! That's what I was thinking of.
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GNEECH: I've seen ... *cough* ... hell ... *gasp* ... it's a place where ... *wheeze* ... you run and run and run and run without end ... *COUGHcoughcough* ... while holding bricks ... at arm's length ... for hours... *choke*

TIFFANY: Uh, no, Gneech, that's your Kung Fu class.

GNEECH: AAAAH! *curls up into a twitchy little ball*

TIFFANY: Oh boy, Gneech is broken again.

LEONARD: I'll get the mop.

-The Gneech
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