We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My San Francisco Giants just put on a baseball clinic by sweeping the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. The same Tigers team that was so good they swept the vaunted New York Yankees in the playoffs. And it was the Giant's second title in three years.
I'm planning on doing a post on it because there was one bit during the first game that has to be seen to be believed. I'll expound on Parker's definition up above, because it's very true, and thanks for the post.
Parker had obviously gotten bored with Spenser, and the Jesse Stone character is what really interested him. Too bad Parker died before he wrote a whole bunch of Stone stories. Everything Parker wrote was good.
Selleck was the perfect actor for the Stone character. Just as Urich was the the perfect Spenser actor, and Avery Brooks was the perfect Hawk, and Barbara Stock was the perfect Dr. Silverman.
Parker was an Assist. Prof. of English at Northeastern University (a school too contemptible for words) when I was there. "The Godwulf Manuscript" depicts the NU and its then hapless president Asa Knowles perfectly.
PS. In 1967, Carl Yastrzemski won the Triple Crown and the St. Louis Cards behind Bob Gibson (3 wins) beat them in 7. So Cabrera (Triple Crown, 1st since Yaz) and Detroit's crushing was even worse. I lost a bet to a guy named MeWhinney, but I welched because he mocked the Sox excessively. I still owe him a Six-Pack, and he still is not going to get it. He can go to his grave thirsty. You just don't mock a guy's religion.
Spenser was Parker's bread and butter for so long, and he took it as far as it would go. When the old Bullets and Beer site was still running, there was quite a dialogue on how old Spenser would have to be to keep up with the modern. I figured he'd push over 70, since he was a soldier after Korea.
But, Spenser writing did keep his checking account filled, and allowed him to do other works. His westerns are okay (the seem to read like Spenser in the Old West), but Jesse Stone was a great off-shoot...