I thought I'd write something incisive about the confluence of Scandinavian crime drama and the emergence of the pirate party in the context of global networked culture; I imagined what the digital world of the Collyer brothers
, the original hoarders, would look like if their one hundred and forty tons of ephemera was on portable hard drives; I thought maybe I'd be a provocateur and challenge you all to embrace the term "data" over the term "text.
Joe is asked to look into the death, which does not appear to be suspicious, by his girlfriend, Beverly Hillstrom, the state's medical examiner, who is a cousin to the dead man, who was a hoarder very much like the storied Collyer brothers
who gained fame many decades earlier in New York City.
In the 1940s, the Collyer brothers
filled their four-story brownstone in New York City with so much junk and detritus that the accumulation actually caused their demise.
But the novel also revels in context and history, from the origins of Pearl Street to the enigmatic Collyer brothers
, Homer and Langley, eccentric hoarders who died in their Harlem Brownstone alongside 140 tons of debris.
Doctorow's latest historical novel, Homer and Langley, makes counterculture heroes of the Collyer brothers
, those Manhattan hoarders nonpareil who died of starvation and suffocation by trash in 1947.
Doctorow's latest novel is based on the ludicrous lives of the Collyer brothers
The heaps of praise accorded their art collecting accomplishments rival in magnitude the mountains of items amassed by New York City's other legendary pair of collectors, the Collyer Brothers
It's all a far cry from the first version of the game, developed by the Everton-mad Collyer brothers
Oliver and Paul, which launched in 1982 for the late, lamented ZX Spectrum computer.
Having its world premiere at Burbank's Colony Theatre, ``Clutter,'' by playwright Mark Saltzman, is a complicated, overly expositional chronicle of the Collyer brothers
that is burdened with a plethora of facts and subplots.
The Collyer brothers
, who achieved post-humous fame after they were found dead and decaying in 1947 in a New York City brownstone that was packed to the ceilings with junk including old newspapers, 14 grand pianos, and the chassis of a Model T Ford, have inspired a new play, "The Dazzle," which opened in March in New York.
A program note for Richard Greenberg's new play, The Dazzle, asserts that it is "based on the lives of the Collyer brothers
, about whom I know almost nothing.
Greenberg's persnickety eccentrics are supposed to be the Collyer Brothers
, Langley and Homer, who are famed for having amassed a terrifying amount of bric-a-brac, notably every newspaper going back for several decades, in their Harlem townhouse.