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If I had a job, I’m pretty sure I’d lose all my money on monthly contributions to every single podcast I listen to. Which is a LOT of money.. 😂

Wimsey and WWI

Dear @slimwhistler, this seemed like too big a subject to tack onto a discussion of the Phryne Fisher novels, so here goes! First, your question:

Which Wimsey novels deal most heavily with WWI aftermath/trauma, would you say? Maybe I’m morbid, but I’m really interested in how that gets handled in fiction…particularly in works that are [at least somewhat] contemporary with the times.

As a historian, of course I don’t think that’s morbid. :) If you’re morbid, so am I and so are my historian-friends. The first Wimsey novel, Whose Body? shows Wimsey’s own shell-shock at its worst (for a while) as it’s the closest to the war (published 1923.) But we’re also told that he’s much better than he was… and Wimsey’s own war history is a sort of gradual reveal over the series, so I don’t want to spoil too much. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club has WWI trauma of diverse kinds at the center, and for this reason I love it a lot. (Bellona is even a pun on Great War… I see your language nerdery, Dorothy L. Sayers, and I appreciate it.) It’s beautifully written. The murder victim is a veteran of the Crimea, and his club is chock-full of old soldiers (including Wimsey himself.) There’s a Major who is unimaginative enough to find war a not-too-disagreeable duty; there’s his shell-shocked and badly gassed cousin; there’s a man who goes by the nickname of Tin-Tummy, because of course he does; the Cockney doorman has a missing leg. There’s an old servant who goes with his wife to see the parade at the Cenotaph, presumably because they lost a son, and I have a lot of feelings about this. Wimsey–who is far too intelligent for his own good–practically vibrates with tension throughout the book. Ugh, my heart; I love him. I particularly enjoy Unpleasantness because it deals with the social/economic variables of how shell-shock was perceived and coped with. The Great War fades into the background a bit in the middle of the series, but then resurfaces in the last two books (Gaudy Night, Busman’s Honeymoon) as the possibility of another world conflict looms larger. In Gaudy Night, while one of the main protagonists works in Oxford, home of lost causes, Lord Peter is rushing around Europe trying to stop WWII. PARALLELISM. And it was published in 1935, so Sayers didn’t know it was going to be WWII, and I have a lot of feelings. Busman’s Honeymoon contains magniloquent love letters and shell shock and I have even more feelings.


Bastille perform Things We Lost in the Fire live & unfiltered @ The Sayers Club in Hollywood (December 2014)

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Secret Societies Of Hollywood - Full Documentary 

“Being a Hollywood VIP comes with one very important perk - something only money and fame can buy - VIP access. And nowhere is that more important than at the city’s most exclusive clubs and parties.”

“The top night club VIP rooms are difficult to access. You have to know the right person or be the right person. And that’s it. And once you get in there, it’s a free for all. Celebrities let their hair down and it’s a party.”

“The VIP rooms in Hollywood now are sort of obsolete in favor of VIP clubs. So you do smaller clubs that cater to the kings and queens of the city” 

– Dean May and Tony Paley

“May and Paley are two of Hollywood’s most prominent party promoters (for SBE - a luxury hospitality enterprise)…Party promoters hold the keys to the most exclusive venues in the city.They strive to give their celebrity clients not just a safe haven away from the public and paparazzi but also a unique experience…”

“One of our venues, The Sayers Club, you actually go through what used to be a hot dog stand. It’s an indiscriminate front entrance - no signs - and you’re either in or you’re out. There’s no line.”

Leaving The Sayers Club —

““These night clubs are wild and crazy but, believe it or not, they’re just a warm up for what goes on at the even more exclusive after parties.”

“What people don’t know about Hollywood is, even though the bars are shut at 2:00 AM, that’s when things get going - you go to the private house parties. It’s like a high end frat party at some million dollar mansion. At after hours house parties you’re more likely to see celebrities than you would inside the night club because it’s more sheltered. And in the club different people can get in - and at house parties it’s way more controlled…”

To make sure what happens at the party stays at the party:

“In fact, they confiscate your cell phone and they run a metal detector over you to make sure you don’t have any other things that they missed. They also take the batteries out of the cell phones just in case you managed to grab it.” 

– voice of Enty Lawyer (of at 8:56-9:07

“They’ll even sometimes have people sign an NDA, a non-disclosure confidentiality agreement.”

(Remember when Chris said he liked after parties)


Shakira - Medicine (Ft. Blake Shelton) Live at The Sayers Club in Hollywood on April 3, 2014