Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Brother Loon

Remember that movie I just watched with John Wayne, and he yells, "Evening, brother!" to an owl? Well, I just interviewed Ace Atkins for LENT magazine (read it by "clicking" here!) and in the course of the interview I mentioned that I had never read any of the Spenser novels by Robert B. Parker. So Ace loaned me two of them and I finished one and have almost polished off the other and I feel I must mention that though neither of them have owls in them (so far), Spenser hears the call of a loon (the bird of that name, I mean) in one of them, and he speaks to the loon, just like John Wayne. He even calls the loon "brother." I can't say he yells at the loon. He appears to speak calmly to the loon: "'Right on, brother,' I said to the loon."