Up to 1936

Jan. 12th, 2014 10:05 am
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Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (1934)
Golf course. Two young people, Bobby and Frankie (Lady Frances). Fake car crash. A creepy nerve doctor and sanatorium.

Three Act Tragedy (1935)
Poirot and Mr. Satterthwaite. Murder at a dinner party thrown by an actor. Nice young people who drive around and are very modern and drink cocktails including one nicknamed "Egg".

One of the books right around here features a mystery writer who complains a lot about being a mystery writer. He is very fond of bananas and puts bananas into his novels. Pre-Ariadne-Oliver.

Death in the Clouds (1935)
Poirot on an airplane. Blowgun and darts. Rare snake poison. Ingenue: Jane Grey, hairdresser's assistant. Blackmailing moneylender in Paris. Cocaine-addicted, shallow, vain, gambling Countess.

The A.B.C. Murders (1936)
Creepy alphabetical murders with railway guides left open on the bodies. Poirot and Hastings.

Murder in Mesopotamia (1936)
Archeological expedition in Iraq. Told from the point of view of a nurse. Poirot appears! (They mention it is just before he goes home on the Orient Express)

Cards on the Table (1936)
Poirot. Has Mrs. Oliver complaining a lot about being a mystery writer. (I'm in the middle of this one) Bridge game at pretentious art collectors's house.

Dumb Witness (Poirot Loses a Client) (1937)
Old lady writes a letter to Poirot but he only gets it after her death. Family drama!
Poirot + Hastings.

I went out yesterday to see the Punk Singer movie and liked it very much. I cried often out of sentimentality and sort of happiness to see something I was culturally part of represented in a reasonable way.

Date: 2014-01-12 07:17 pm (UTC)
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I am pretty sure my mom read every Christie at least once, but I am still amazed that though I think I've read many of these (because some of the titles sound familiar), most of the synopses here (and previously) have been unknown to me.

Which, I suppose, means I have to go wading into the Christie pool, racism, etc., notwithstanding. (Because they were largely written in the then present, I was thrown by the period costuming when I first saw a dramatization.) And I'm not nearly as impervious to that stuff as I used to be...

Date: 2014-01-14 02:27 am (UTC)
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*sigh* There's that.

The Punk Singer

Date: 2014-01-12 10:28 pm (UTC)
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OMG I loved The Punk Singer. I am so happy for Hanna that she is in a good relationship and getting to make music! And I had not realized that riot grrrl had been so Anon-style (just take the name and do your own thing with it!). And it was amazing to see her articulate the "girls up front" dictum and talk about things we've talked about with anti-harassment policies - breathtaking. I came to it knowing really very little about feminist punk, and now I have to buy a million records and I am inspired.

Re: The Punk Singer

Date: 2014-01-19 03:16 am (UTC)
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Thank you for all of this information! A playlist would be great (no obligation or pressure of course)!

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