Monday, March 1, 2010
My Town Monday (Travel Edition): The Birthplace Of Nero Wolfe
I suggest beginning with autobiographical sketches from each of us, and here is mine. I was born in Montenegro and spent my early boyhood there. At the age of sixteen I decided to move around, and in fourteen years I became acquainted with most of Europe, a little of Africa, and much of Asia, in a variety of roles and activities. Coming to this country in nineteen-thirty, not penniless, I bought this house and entered into practice as a private detective. I am a naturalized American citizen.
– Nero Wolfe addressing the suspects in "Fourth of July Picnic" (1957)
In the birthplace of the man Archie Goodwin describes as weighing "a seventh of a ton" I came across a clock tower with no clock. I was informed that every Ottoman-ruled town had a clock tower to indicate the Muslim prayer times, and Podgorica's 18th century tower is one of the few remaining structures.
Don't know who he is or represents but I started calling him Slim. The gentleman hung around the radio and television station
A majestic looking Orthodox church in the capital city.
Yes, I still find cemeteries fascinating. And this one has plenty of character to spare.
"In life everything must have an aim, except orchids." I couldn't find any orchids which every Wolfe aficionado knows is the detective's favorite but I did find this colorful tree sprouting a unique flower all its own.
Why did it have to be a black cat in my path? THE MOUNTAIN CAT MURDERS leapt to mind.
Scarlet Johansson looking over my shoulder as I walk the streets of the great detective's birthplace. The song "Return of the Grievous Angel" was running through my head
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