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Thursday, April 20, 2006

The Case for Ellery Queen

They used to say that Ellery Queen WAS the American detective story. But sadly, today in America, almost all of the Ellery Queen titles are out of print. Last November I wrote, in the First Post, of the US's cultural and artistic decline. The country that gave us Cole Porter, Ship of Fools, The Caine Mutiny, Harpers Bizarre and 'Sherlock Holmes' natural successor' and which made a greater contribution to 20th Century culture than any other nation on earth, now feeds us a diet of Jo-Lo, Hip-hop, Britney Spears and endless remakes. The fall from grace of Ellery Queen is, as Jon L. Breen argues in this brilliant article from the Weekly Standard (yes, I did say a brilliant article from the WS!), part of the process of cultural decline.

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