My Scrapbook: The Winking Brown Eye

My Scrapbook The National Lampoon ReviewsJohn D. MacDonald's "New" Travis McGee Book In the July 1981 issue of the National Lampoon (the special “Endless, Mindless Summer Sex” issue), they ran “Would You Like Something to Read?,” a spoof of a regular book column,by Sean Kelly and Ted Mann. Yes, it's cheeky, politically incorrect and embarrassingly juvenile. You should probably … Continue reading My Scrapbook: The Winking Brown Eye

The Children of Travis McGee

The Literary Descendants of Our Man Trav... I guess it says something about the ongoing appeal of John D. MacDonald's's Travis McGee that so many writers have been inspired to create Travis-like heroes themselves. Some are more obvious than others, and of course anyone who shows any concern for the environment or writes about Florida … Continue reading The Children of Travis McGee

McGee’s Little Black Book

Let's Face It -- The Dude Got Around... Salvage consultant, beach bum, tarnished knight errant...and slut! It's no secret that John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee got around. But someone actually took the time to sit down and compile a list. According to Jay Pearsall, in his delightful book, Mystery & Crime: The New York Public … Continue reading McGee’s Little Black Book

Travis McGee

Created by John D. MacDonald (1916-86) "Travis McGee is the last of the great knights-errant: honorable, sensual, skillful, and tough. I can't think of anyone who has replaced him. I can't think of anyone who would dare" -- Donald Westlake Beach bum. Salvage consultant. Recoverer of misplaced goods. Ladies' man. Mender of broken hearts. Environmentalist. … Continue reading Travis McGee

John D. MacDonald

Pseudonyms included John Wade Farrel, Robert Henry, John Lane, Scott O'Hara, Peter Reed & Henry Reiser (1916-1986) "If any two people could ever really get inside each other's head, it would scare the pee out of both of them." -- Travis McGee in Dress Her in Indigo "(He was) the great entertainer of our age, … Continue reading John D. MacDonald