Posted On: Saturday - February 2nd 2019 9:02PM MST
In Topics:   Genderbenders  Humor  Books
... and the tweet cut-short:
I guess I just don't know how to read a tweet, but this one trails off into ... meaning what? Luckily, I don't get tweets, so Peak Stupidity would have to be subpoenaed the old fashioned way (catching me on the front lawn unarmed). The one above, though, came via a Steve Sailer post snarkily called Atlantic: "Hardy Boys" Are Intersectionally Problematic. The Atlantic still has a problem with the super-normality of the Hardy Boys, two boy detectives that existed in the imagination of young kids, reading the large series of books.
These Hardy Boy books let the reader try to figure out the mystery first, before the always unusual trick used in a crime is revealed by the 2 clever Hardy brothers. I'd guess the books wouldn't have been as exciting if the cases were taken from the Southside Chicago PD blotter - "It was another case of a 5-count black felon leaving his cell phone at the scene of the crime." Next book in the series: "The case of the Mexican with multiple IDs." Nah, you've got to sell the books. Stupidity and repetition doesn't sell to bright young boys.
When it comes to that sort of reading, I was always an Encyclopedia Brown guy myself. I can remember only one cool mystery of the ice cubes made of ginger ale. While looking this up to check it (amazing, this www!), I was fairly amused by one "topless robot" blogger* who expounded on some of the stories in the Encyclopedia Brown series:
The quiet town of Idaville seems friendly and idyllic at first glance, but underneath that suburban facade is a seedy underbelly of petty criminals: thieves, swindlers, and bullies, all compulsive liars, and all hiding behind public reputations that mask their evil intentions. If not for the crime-solving abilities of Encyclopedia Brown — the nerdiest superhero of them all — Idaville would have the highest crime rate in the nation and thugs like Bugs Meany, for example, would evolve into the rapists and murderers they’re so naturally predisposed to becoming. Of course, Encyclopedia’s ability to solve mysteries frequently borders on the absurd due to author Donald Sobol’s clear disregard for his readers’ self-esteem (many of whom have ended their lives prematurely from being unable to crack these “children’s stories”) ...Heh! I did find my memory of Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret Pitch reviewed, not very favorably, I might add.
Back to the case of the Atlantic tweet, even with a revision to these books many years again to bring them up to PC-level, the Atlantic writer wanted more abnormality out of the two boys. Mr. Sailer twarks (tweets snarkfully? No good?) back:
ONE character was gay? Are you serious?!
OK, hold on a minute. Are we talking about the same Hardy Boys here? Now, this whole thing's got me wondering about my sexuality, as Encyclopedia Brown did keep his detective studio really clean, and, per our expert linked-to above, had one "Sally Kimball, Encyclopedia’s pretty, non-sexual, and illogically powerful female companion..." OTOH, there were no mysteries about show tunes or fashion design, so, I think I'm good...
* This blog post was from 10 years back, but I'll have to do some reading to see if the guys still writes (and this well).