What Would Coulson Read?
October 27, 2013
So …did anyone happen to catch the premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D? It enjoyed a lot of promotional time in the media recently, and those efforts appear to have paid off. The show follows, well, the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, a top-secret government agency that deals with superheroes such as Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America. The head of this unit is Agent Coulson, a character who seemed to have been killed off in the Avengers movie last summer, but in true comic book tradition—no one has to really stay dead.
Admittedly, the thing that caught my eye the most during the episode was Coulson’s literary taste. Didn’t catch it? When explaining his recent absence, he says that he was rehabilitated in Tahiti with a “stack of Travis McGee novels.” I stood and cheered in my living room. Created by John D. MacDonald, Travis McGee was a fictional private detective in the 1960s who lived on a houseboat and frequently talked about or traveled to the South Pacific. The stories were often pithy, gritty, cynical, and optimistic in relatively equal measures. The McGee books have made a comeback in recent years—both in print and eBook formats. If you like Robert B. Parker, you might also enjoy savvy, smart-mouthed Travis McGee.
So, get to know Travis McGee, and I’ll see you next week for episode #2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.