I had the pleasure of writing about eccentricity and Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot for Issue 7 of ARTICLE. Here’s a sneak peek of the text (and beautiful art direction by the ARTICLE team):
To be eccentric, fundamentally, is to deviate from the norm — to be notably singular, different or peculiar. In Christie’s cosy, affluent England, Poirot is all these things. Both dandyish and foreign, he naturally stands out. He doesn’t adhere to the traditional tropes of masculinity: he is physically delicate (complaining regularly of problems of the estomac); he is a bachelor, living a largely sexless existence; and he labours over his toilette in a manner more traditionally associated with women.