Friday Sherlock Links Compendium (January 12 - January 18, 2013)

Another BSI Weekend has come and gone and January 2013 in NYC was a rip-roaring good time which deserves and requires a few lengthy blog posts to do it adequate justice. With that said, I beg your patience because it’s going to take me a week or two to finish the BSI posts I’ve been working on. In the meantime, please feel free to send me any links, photographs or personal reminiscences you would like to see published along with my personal musings on Until then, here’s a belated Friday Sherlock Links Compendium post for your edification and amusement. 


[Susan Rice making some introductory remarks at the annual ASH William Gillette Luncheon during the 2013 BSI Weekend.]

Baker Street Journal announced that the BSJ 2012 Xmas Annual by Sonia Fetherston is called “Barrymore in Baker Street: “The Great Profile” Meets the “Great Detective,” and They Both Get Their Names Up In Lights”. The title of course refers to silent film legend John Barrymore and the storied film Sherlock Holmes (1922), which was lost and scattered to the four corners of the Earth only to be painstakingly reassembled in the late 1970s and then again in 2001 after new pieces were discovered. Based on William Gillette's 1899 play Sherlock Holmes which “drew material from Conan Doyle’s published stories “A Scandal in Bohemia”, “The Final Problem”, and A Study in Scarlet, while adding much that was new as well.” You can find video clips and stills of Barrymore’s Sherlock Holmes online, but legally the only way to see the entire film is either at a screening or by purchasing the Kino released DVD. If you’re a BSJ subscriber, keep a close eye on your mailbox for I’m told the release is imminent. 


[The best looking BSJ Xmas Annual cover yet!]

Dan Andriacco posted a short review of a new MX title I recently finished myself: Sherlock Holmes & Young Winston: The Deadwood Stage. “Young Winston” referred to in the title is of course the legendary Winston Churchill and this pastiche by Mike Hogan is the first title in a series featuring the precocious boy Churchill who has crossed paths and at times joined forces with Holmes and Watson. Mr Andriacco praises the novel’s “fast-moving adventure, strong characterization, realistic dialogue, and good writing.” Cleverness abounds in Mr Hogan’s novel as the reader is introduced to a variety of beloved canonical characters as well as historical figures not typically found in traditional Holmes pastiches. Truly a breath of fresh air - I’m very much looking forward to the next two releases. 


[Sherlock Holmes & the Deadwood Stage on MX]

bOING bOING published a great piece by Maria Konnikova - author of the recently released Mastermind - on “Sherlock Holmes and the infamous brain attic”. Everyone love’s the Great Detective’s famous/infamous reference to his ‘brain attic’ or the mental ‘trick’ for remembering and organizing immense amounts of information, so it’s particularly exciting to read Ms Konnikova’s essay which attempts to show that ”research on memory formation, retention, and retrieval has proven itself to be highly amenable to the attic analogy.” Every blog, science-ish media outlet and the like seems to want a piece of Ms Konnikova but if you’re going to read one Konnikova-themed article this week, I encourage you to make it this oneNote: As an entertaining aside, I draw your attention to one of the comments: “However interesting Sherlock Holmes may seem, we have to remember he’s not and was never a real person. He came from a man’s imagination, and is entirely fictional…” - read the rest for yourself for an amusing look at people who really just ‘don’t get it.’ Finally, the image that accompanies the essay by tisserande is quite nice and worth a close look:


[The above illustration is by tisserande whose work can be seen on her Deviant Art page.]

Wessex Press starts off 2013 with two new exciting titles: The Strand Magazine and Sherlock Holmes: The Two Fixed Points in a Changing Age by Robert Veld and "Occasionally to Embellish" Some Writings on Sherlock Holmes by Nicholas Utechin.


[Two newest Sherlockian titles from Wessex Press/Gasogene Books.]

Quick Sherlock Links:

Scintillation of Scions, now that BSI Weekend 2013 is in the rear view mirror, is next big event every east coast Sherlockian should be looking forward. Registration before May 15th is only $50 - a virtual steal considering the wealth of activities and speakers scheduled for the two day event. If you’re still on the fence about attending, check out the history of SoS here

Bob Burr passed beyond the Reichenbach last week, but if you want to read more about this venerable Sherlockian check out his profile at the Sherlock Holmes Social Network which includes biographical information along with links to his various projects as well as an obituary

The Adventure of Sherlock Mario was an episode of Super Mario Bros. Super Show (1989-1990) featuring Herlock Solmes of 221B Bonkers Street. Watch the entire episode here. Here’s an amusing image of Mr Herlock Solmes’ diggings:


[221B Bonkers Street, home of Herlock Solmes - here’s another shot of Mario as the Great Detective.]

Ross K posted a video review of Dan Andriacco's third book in the Cody/McCabe series The 1895 Murder (as you can imagine a title after my own heart).

My Particular Friend in “Let Holmes be Holmes: Diagnosing the great detective” considers the perennial theory of Holmes and autism (and related afflictions : “I think if you truly consider Holmes from the writings, you will find that he is not in lock step with the characterization of Asperger’s listed at the National Institutes of Health, WebMD and the Mayo Clinic websites. Here are some of those characterizations and how I think Holmes does not exhibit these traits.”  

Zap2It posted the single biggest un-news item I’ll ever post on Always1895: “CBS Elementary's Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) are never, ever getting together”…OMG 4 REAL! So there you have it. Now where's Moriarty (as played by Andrew Scott) when I want/need to be burned to the ground?

Better Holmes & Gardens in “I hear of Sherlock everywhere…” confesses to reading books on topics other than Sherlock Holmes, though relishes (as I’m sure many of do) in the occasional Sherlockian reference.

American Scholar published a piece by Michael Dirda, Sherlockian and book critic for The Washington Post, about what it’s like as a writer to be asked about one’s next writing project (along with some excellent musings on BSI Weekend 2013): “While the BSI blowout is always fun, especially for those who have trained for it or possess, by genetic gift, the capacity for drink of 1930s newspapermen, I was constantly being asked a question that bothered me. It’s one that any writer, journalist, or scholar will recognize: “What are you working on now?”  This actually means: What is your latest book project?”  

The Guardian published their review of Maria Konnikova’s Mastermind - which is worth reading - but I also wanted to draw your attention to the fantastic graphic that accompanied the piece: 


[I love this graphic that accompanied The Guardian review of Mastermind. Thanks to Brenda for the tip.]

Yahoo News posted the Mystery Writers of America’s 2013 Edgar Award Nominations - and I’m thrilled to report that Lyndsay Faye's wonderful The Gods of Gotham was nominated for ‘Best Novel’!! It goes without saying that will be rooting 100% for Ms Faye and her tale of the genesis of the police force of 1840s New York City.

She Knows Book Lounge - speaking of one of my favorite authors - interviewed Lyndsay Faye who is “here today talking Gods of Gotham, Sherlock Holmes, and showing off her flash slang.” Enter the mind of Ms Faye and read this interview.

The Monroe Monitor in “Lectures at the library: Sherlock Holmes and the Wild West” announced a talk by Seattle Times movie critic Tom Keogh which asks teh question: “Why has Sherlock Holmes continued to fascinate people for a century and a half?” 

Christopher Morley Literary Estate can be found on Facebook: “Contact the literary estate executor, John Christopher Woodruff, with stories about your interactions with Morley’s work through this page. Notable publications have been posted to the time line. Share a thought or story.” A nice edition to the FB neighborhood.


[“Christopher Morley (May 5, 1890 – March 28, 1957), American journalist, novelist, essayist and poet….” and of course Sherlockian extraordinaire.]

Doyleockian points out that An Entirely New Country (MX) was chosen by Randall Stock as one of his top 2012 books about ACD and Holmes. Also, read Alistair Duncan’s post The Elementary Problem regarding his rather unique perspective on Elementary - due to transatlantic restrictions, Mr Duncan has only seen the pilot episode but his musings are still worth reading. 

Radio Times tackles, in-depth, a topic on the minds of many a young burgeoning BBC Sherlockian enthusiast: “Sherlock series 3: what do we know so far – and what can we deduce?” A fun assessment of “what the clues might tell us about the what, when and who of the upcoming new episodes…” ripe with speculation on series 3 villains, plots and of course Steven Moffat's infamous three word teaser: rat, wedding, bow. Charlotte Anne Walters on her Barefoot on Baker Street provides some further analysis and if you still aren’t satisfied, check out the “Rat, Wedding, Bow” thread over on the BBC Sherlock Fan Forum for copious amounts of speculation. 

Meiringens put together a very nice series of images from my favorite Granada Sherlock Holmes episode The Devil’s Foot.


[Two of the stills from this eight panel homage to Granada’s adaptation of DEVI.]

Violet Creme dug up this fine publicity photo of Jeremy Brett and bicycle (perhaps equipped with Palmer Tyres?) from Granada’s The Priory School (1986).


[Two of my favorite things in the world: Sherlock Holmes and bicycles. The only things missing are cats and collectible tomes of the Sherlockian variety.]

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