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December 22, 2002
Philo Vance is portrayed as
this intellectual effette
snob, who's discursive, GREENE_MURDER
annoys the more
professional law-men he
hangs out with.
Pretty clearly, Philo Vance
is supposed to be a hipster
of sorts, a guy who's up
on what's going down.
He looks pretty ridiculous
by today's standards, but
yesterday's hipster always Possible counter-argument:
looks like a self-deluded Dorothy Sayer's Peter Whimsey, who
square by today's light. holds up pretty well, in comparison.
Might be interesting to
track the image of the
intellectual in pop intellectual?
fiction, and the way it hipster?
mutates over time. connoisseur?
Maybe if I throw
enough crude synonyms
James Bond fits into this at this a concept
continuum somewhere. will emerge. FUND_OF_HEDGES
John Steed and Emma Peel.
Austin Powers is supposed
to be some sort of spoof LIFE_OF_HOMER
of something though it's
hard to say of what.
The James Coburn role "Flint"?
Lawrence Block's eternally
wakeful Evan Tanner ("The Not to be confused
Thief who Couldn't Sleep", with "The Burglar
and so on). in the Closet"
In the mid-fifties, things
*change* ... post-beat
the "hipster" is named "hipster"
and the game goes underground.
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