Earlier today I posted a link to my interview, at the Kirkus Reviews site, with UK novelist R.N. Morris. During the course of that exchange with Morris, he’d reminded me that his protagonist, Porfiry Petrovich--originally the creation of Fyodor Dostoevsky--had been the model for 1970s TV detective Lieutenant Columbo.
All of this stirred my recollection of an old TV Guide essay about Columbo, Porfiry, and their mutual connections to the ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates. So I went looking through my files, and finally found the article. Titled “Socrates in a Raincoat,” and written by David Weinberger, it appeared in the June 8, 1974, edition of the magazine. I’ve posted it below. Click on the image for an enlargement.