routinequestioning: (pater familias . watching the detectives)

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Created on 2015-04-07 19:46:31 (#2396558), last updated 2015-05-16 (122 weeks ago)

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Name:Dōjima Ryōtarō
Birthdate:May 16
Location:Inaba, Japan
What the detective story is about is not murder, but the restoration of order.

-- PD James


Just like watching the detectives-- don't get cute.

Just like watching the detectives-- I get so angry when the teardrops start,
but he can't be wounded 'cause he's got no heart.

-- Elvis Costello


Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. The detective must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor.

-- Raymond Chandler


Perhaps this is the purpose of detective investigations, real and fictional -- to transform sensation, horror and grief into a puzzle, and then to solve the puzzle, to make it go away. 'The detective story,' observed Raymond Chandler in 1949, 'is a tragedy with a happy ending.' A storybook detective starts by confronting us with a murder and ends by absolving us of it. He clears us of guilt. He relieves us of uncertainty. He removes us from the presence of death.

-- K. Summerscale


Pray God you can cope.
I stand outside this woman's work, this woman's world.

Oh, it's hard on the man, now his part is over.
Now starts the craft of the father.

I should be crying, but I just can't let it show.

I should be hoping, but I can't stop thinking of all the things we should've said, that we never said,
all the things we should've done, that we never did,
all the things that you needed from me, all the things that you wanted for me,
all the things I should've given, but I didn't.

-- Kate Bush


What is needed (in the detective) is the imagination of the poet and the reasoning power of the mathematician.

-- V. Buranelli

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