In Her Majesty's Royal Mail:
The new James Bond postage stamps -- that's right, James Bond postage stamps, issued on January 8 to coincide with the centennary of Ian Fleming's birth -- show the evolution of Bondian cover art as "[a] dumbed- down, sexed-up nose-dive from intriguing subtlety to crass commercialism."
[via The Elegant Variation]
Romance 'neath the Autumn Stars:
Speaking of The Elegant Variation, earlier this week TEV proprietor and generally serious literary person Mark Sarvas -- to whom I owe a debt of gratitude for introducing me, by his obsessive online proselytizing, to the novels of John Banville, before the manifold excellences of which my powers of description cower for shame of their insufficiency -- revealed the buried childhood secret that he is a recovered Trekkie. In the course of his confession, Mark recreates an exchange between his younger self and William Shatner during Shatner's long-ago university lecture tour:
SHATNER: Well, is there anything at all you want to ask me?
ME: (thinking; only one shot here with the Captain. Then it strikes): Of all the women you ever kissed on Star Trek, which one did you like the best?
(The room, as you can imagine, erupts. Thumbs up from my friends in the cheap seats.)
SHATNER: (after it dies down; a slight leer) I liked them all, Mark. I liked them all.
Compare and contrast this exchange on similar subject matter from this morning's Los Angeles Times (60 Seconds With . . . William Shatner):
HOW MUCH FUN WAS IT TO BE JAMES T. KIRK, CAPTAIN OF THE ENTERPRISE AND UNIVERSAL LADIES' MAN?
It was so much fun I got a divorce . . . My body is ruined as a result.
Do not underestimate his recuperative powers. William Shatner, after all ... is a shaman:
Usage Note: Although William Shatner portrayed Captain James T. Kirk and later, in the role of T.J. Hooker, played opposite Heather Locklear, he is not to be confused with the also-famous Wee Kirk o' the Heather.
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