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Friday, November 21, 2014
2:43 pm est
Gutenberg (No. 1400)
I love James Spader.
He obviously doesn't know I exist, but I have spent countless hours the last few weeks under the covers with him binge-watching
the first 22-episiode season of The Blacklist. Every time he appears on screen, I swoon; so enamored
am I of his wry, twisted smile, and the sardonic way he softly sucks a tooth, as if savoring one last morsel of a gourmet
lunch as he plays Raymond Reddington, a nefariously nasty, egotistically vile character, loving the way he – James –
off-handedly laces his dialogue with little-known erudite euphemisms and unabashed displays of heart-felt emotions tinged
with rays of irony.
I first met James in 1994 when he played a nerdy young scientist in Stargate, the
hokey 1994 Sci-Fi flick about space travel through an ancient Egyptian portal. That started my crush on him, which grew to
blatant love in 2005 watching Boston Legal. It wasn’t until The Blacklist and his role as the president’s
adviser in Scandal that I have recently come to realize he is, for now, not only the love of my life, but one of
our most talented actors. I am one of his most ardent fans, especially since I just found out that James is not on a ego trip
as so many other celebs are. The fact is, James takes his art not quite so seriously and acts “solely”
to make enough money to pursue other, as he says, “more important and more meaningful” ventures in
his private life. If nothing else, you just have to admire his forthright honesty.
Which at first thought has
nothing to do with Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie, an historical novel set in the 15th Century and centered around the discovery of moveable type
and the first mass-produced edition of The Bible. Well, on second thought, maybe there is a connection. You see,
as Christie points out in her erudite fictional rendition of what probably really did happen, Gutenberg was not really all
that history has cracked him up to be. Nope, he wasn’t nearly as altruistic as we think and/or led to believe. Matter
of fact, he was “inventing” the printing press purely, it seems, for the money. But unlike my dearest James, there
was nothing admirable or even likeable about him. Especially when we are told that Gutenberg was not the talented, dedicated
inventor at all but, well, as the title suggests, his apprentice was.
I wouldn’t be at all surprised if
the author’s exhaustive (and exhausting) research isn’t turning more than just a few heads in the wider literary
world as well as that of erudite, scholarly historians as more and more readers delve into her first novel. It certainly widened
my eyes, as I explained in my November 20th review of it for www.authorexposure.com.
So, as you make
your way to the site and read my comments, I am on my own way to my DVR to watch the second season of The Blacklist.
Hmmm…if James as Reddington were to go back in time to the 1400s, would he have put Gutenberg on his list? I wonder…
J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is
an author, poet, and librettist. Her currently published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations,
volumes of poetry, stories
for children (of all ages) and
a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Phoenix Hose, Hook & Ladder: A Novel of Phoenixville during World War I
Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of
Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World
Rainbow in the Sky
of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A
Collection of More Spiritual Poems
We Three Kings
Beauty and the Beast
Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding
Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She
is currently working on her sixth novel.