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I don’t believe that great writing is restricted to Theatre or classical literature. I also don’t think that only Cinema as a modern medium stands up to those two. I think many mediums can challenge those three giants, but I’m not just talking about comics. Television can often fall a very long way short, but I do think TV drama can be ‘accessible theatre’. So I thought I’d quote a piece of telly. It’s not BBC Four high-brow, it’s a mass-audience police procedural, but this speech I liked, I liked A LOT (maybe because I secretly hope it could be written about me!)

I would like to propose a toast to my partner, Seeley Booth.

I know who he is but I forget sometimes because… because he never shines a light on himself. He shines it on other people.

Anthropology teaches us that the alpha male is the man wearing the crown, displaying the most colorful plumage and the shiniest baubles, he stands out from the others. But I now think that anthropology may have it wrong.

In working with Booth, I’ve come to realize that the quiet man, the invisible man, the man who is always there for friends and family, that’s the real alpha male. And, I promise that my eyes will never be caught by those… shiny baubles again. Happy birthday, Booth.

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