Friday Sherlock Links Compendium (December 22 - December 28, 2012)
Welcome to the final Friday Links post of 2012! Before Father Time carves another notch in his belt (of Time) I’ll have a Fall 2012 Sherlockian scion roundup, an Always1895.net best of 2012 post and a few odds and ends that I never got around to posting in 2012. I hope to start 2013 off with a Starrettian bang via Vincent Starrett Week 2013 (which will orbit January 5, the date of VS’s death). Also, there will be a plethora of posts pertaining to BSI Weekend 2013 (before, during and after). I hope everyone had a relaxing ‘holiday season’ and thanks for reading!
Bake Street Blog’s Mr Scott Monty with an eye toward the rapidly approaching BSI Weekend 2013 (!!!) provides “a series of tips for the veteran attendees and the newbies alike.” Everything from what to pack (ie. pack lite so you have plenty of room in your suitcase to fill with newly acquired books) to items to facilitate meeting others (business cards); from comportment suggestions (avoid ‘Dutch courage’ when scheduled to speak) to attire (comfortable shoes); as well as practical advice on time, money and travel management. A “handy downloadable and printable guide for the weekend” is available along with various online resources (check out this neat list of Sherlockians on Twitter) plus a reminder that “#BSIWeekend” is the official Twitter hash-tag. At the very least, make sure to bookmark Mr Monty’s Bake Street Blog BSI Weekend suggestions post for perusal throughout the weekend and as an added defense against dead phone batteries and poor reception, it doesn’t hurt to print out (to physical paper) a schedule highlighting the events you plan on attending, a decent map of Manhattan and the subway and a list of essential phone numbers (friends and hated rivals) you would want to have access to if your phone was lost. Personally, I plan on live tweeting from the BSI Weekend as much as humanly possible, so please follow me at @always1895.
[I hope to see many of you in just under two weeks time!]
Digression: Links Re: “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”:
Dan Andriacco extends the (obligatory) compliments of the season (on Boxing Day) to his readers and disputes the oft repeated notion, as expressed by Christopher Morley, that “The Blue Carbuncle” is a Christmas story without slush: “In fact, the phrase [has] so often been repeated that hardly anybody seems to have noticed that it is patently untrue. In reality, there is plenty of slush in “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”.” Pointing out both Mr Henry Baker’s attempt at winning back the affections of his wife by presenting her with a fine goose procured from his participation in the Goose Club (as hosted by the kindly Mr Windigate, proprietor of the Alpha Inn) as well as Holmes’ remarkable decision allowing the despicable Mr Ryder to avoid punishment for his role in the theft of the Blue Carbuncle, Mr Andriacco concludes “[i]f that’s not slush, I don’t know what is!” What do you think?
[Christopher Morley’s intro to Christmas Story Without Slush.]
Meiringens posted this two-panel scene from Peter Cushing’s adaptation of “The Blue Carbuncle” which, though non-canonical, is one of the more touching scenes throughout the 1968 BBC Sherlock Holmes series: Watson (Nigel Stock) presents Holmes with a gift of tobacco while stopping by to wish Holmes the compliments of the season just prior to the main events of BLUE. As much as I love Jeremy Brett in Granada’s version of BLUE, the Cushing adaptation runs a close second and I highly recommend back-to-back viewings - if you don’t have access to Cushing’s version, you can watch the entire episode in parts on YouTube (Part 1 of Cushing’s BLUE).
[Click the above image for a larger version of a Xmas scene with just a little bit of slush.]
Markings in “Christmas Day Post -The Blue Carbuncle - (2) “A Gem of a Short Story” treats his readers to his proprietary blend of Sherlockian textual analysis, humorous digressions, links to video clips and relevant images and all around Holmesian enthusiasm of a kind that only a retired English teacher can muster. Compliments, etc. to Mr Ray Wilcockson on his always entertainingly erudite Markings blog, which has been a blast to read in 2012 - and is sure not to disappoint in 2013!
[Intro to Peter Cushing’s BLUE (1968) for the BBC.]
Utah Theater Bloggers brought our attention to a “2012 installment of Radio Hour, entitled “Sherlock Holmes and the Blue Carbuncle”, played one night only on December 18, 2012. However, you can listen to the radio play at KUER’s web site.” I’m not sure how many different audio versions of BLUE I have, but this multi-person rendition is a welcome addition to the ‘Blue Carbuncle Audio Club’.
[Click the above image to listen to a brand new adaptation of “The Blue Carbuncle” from Radio West KUER aired originally on Dec 18, 2012.]
Lyndsay Faye posted a video of her recent performance of a very special reading of “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” (December 2012) at Singularity & Co. Bookshop in Brooklyn, NY as part of the I, Reader series. Ms Faye tackles the Xmas story sans slush with accents a’blazing making BLUE as fresh and relevant as ever.
Sherlock Peoria takes a break from his valiant, 24-7 assault on CBS’s Elementary and reflects on “the compliments of the season” qua “sonic screwdriver of holiday wishes”; that is, the “all-purpose Xmas greeting” particular to our little Sherlockian world.
Strictly Sherlock - a blog written by Professor Tracy Revels - shares her recent ‘Blue Carbuncle Moment’ where, after catching a student cheating, she could “have brought down the wrath of the academy. But this student pulled a James Ryder, complete with weeping and wringing of hands. I couldn’t bring myself to extract the big penalty and instead let the young person off with a lower grade and a stern warning.” Read Prof Revels entire article to find out her reasoning behind the decision and how one could do worse in using Sherlock Holmes as a guide to life.
/End Digression: Links Re: “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”
Fear Net published a review of Titan Book’s re-release (in their ‘Further Adventures of’ series) of the 1978 title Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula by Loren D Estleman. Assuaging any fears that this pastiche is a poor attempt at merging the world of the great detective with that of Stoker’s Dracula, we are assured that Estleman’s tale is “a rousing adventure story that does both Bram Stoker and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle proud. Estleman’s book chronicles Count Dracula’s time in London, beginning at the point where a mysterious schooner arrives in Whitby Harbour in the midst of some decidedly unnerving weather.”
[Find out what happens when the Great Detective meets the Prince of Darkness.]
BookCourt is hosting a reading by Maria Konnikova from her about-to-be-released Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes (Viking, 2013). The reading is happening at Brooklyn bookstore BookCourt on Monday, January 7, 2013. For more information check out this Facebook event page; to see if Ms Konnikova will be giving a reading near you, check out her Events page at her website www.mariakonnikova.com. I just started reading Mastermind and am enjoying the unique and thoroughly engaging synthesis of information running the spectrum from Sherlockianology to Cognitive Psychology (my major in college).
[The author Ms Konnikova along with a small shot of the cover of Mastermind.]
Huff Post Books employed the talented Ms Maria Konnikova - whose soon to be published Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes (Viking, 2013) will hopefully be on everyone’s to-read list - to compose a list of “10 Mysteries Worthy of Sherlock Holmes’s Time” - ten real-life mysteries that is. Examples include purely vicious cases such as “The case of the Tylenol murders” and ”The disappearance of Suzanne Jovin” as well intellectual-historical cases such as “The mystery of the Aleppo Codex” and “The case of the Somerton Man”. As always, Ms Konnikova delivers up a perfect blend of fact and Sherlockian-theorizing that is great fun.
Baker Street Babes posted Episode 35 “Watson & Holmes” (hosted by Babes Lyndsay, Curly, & Amy) which features two of the creators behind recently released comic Watson & Holmes, which is “a modern urban take on the tales of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Re-envisioning Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson as African Americans and taking place in New York City’s famous Harlem district, the stories can go in fresh and new directions never traveled before.” You may recall I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (Ep. 44) producing a similar show though the Babe’s tackle it from a fresh direction and both podcasts compliment each other nicely. I have yet to check this comic out but I suppose it’s time to lay down my hard earned 99 cents and see what all the hype is about! Below is some art from the book:
[Watson & Holmes hanging out on Baker Street…Harlem, NYC.]
Baker Street Beat posted about his recent visit to the Reform Club (notable for, among other things, rejecting Winston Churchill’s application for membership), which he also argues might be the original inspiration for Brother Mycroft’s beloved Diogenes Club. For more information about The Reform Club as well as other storied London clubs, I thoroughly recommend to you the utterly fascinating Gentlemen’s Clubs of London - now available in an updated 2012 third edition.
[The real Diogenes Club?]
Quick Sherlock Links:
Best of Sherlock posted a round-up of various ‘best of’ 2012 items of particular interest to Sherlockians: Sherlock Holmes pastiches; Holmes-related movies on DVDs; books about Holmes & Conan Doyle; and various items for collectors and researchers. Xmas/holiday gift giving may be over, but there’s always excellent reasons to give a gift to the Sherlockians in your life. I highly recommend Randall Stock’s Best of Sherlock website to both Sherlockian neophytes as well as deeply committed Holmes.
Collider posted an intriguing interview with producer Dan Lin about Warner Bros Sherlock Holmes 3. The quick answer to exactly when we can expect SH3: “It’s still in development. Drew Pearce is working on the script and Downey, as you know, is still finishing Iron Man 3 so we’re waiting for Downey to finish that movie and to get a script from Drew.” Personally Game of Shadows has really grown on me so I’m looking forward to see what they’ll cook up for the third, and presumably final, chapter in the Warner Bros/Guy Ritchie/Downey Sherlock Holmes series.
Portsmouth News ”He’s the internationally recognized fictional detective created by former Portsmouth resident Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Now an exhibition celebrating the life of Sherlock Holmes has been given a huge boost. A total of £80,000 has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to bring the collection at Portsmouth City Museum to a wider audience. A total of £10,000 was also donated by the council towards the ‘Sharing Sherlock – The story of a Pompey lad’ project. The cash will fund a new online exhibition and study packs for schools.”
The Batteredbox’s Weblog - blog of George A. Vanderburgh and the Sacred Six - posted this utterly fascinating piece from The World (1907, New York) authored by Bram Stoker in which Conan Doyle is interviewed about Undershaw, ‘motoring’, and other aspects of his life, from literary to gossipy. Take a moment, pour a drink of something naughty or nice and give this a thorough reading, letting your mind pretend that it’s actually 1907 and only half of the Canon has been written, though Holmes has (six years hence) miraculoulsy returned from the deadly cauldron of the Reichenbach.
Sherlockology posted a beginner guide to Sherlock Holmes and Star Trek and the intersections thereof. An intriguing project worth book marking for future perusal. While looking for an appropriate image to accompany this link I found an entry for “Sherlock Holmes” on Memory-Alpha, a Star Trek wiki.
Sherlock. Everywhere. found this delicious image (taken from here) of what can only be thought of as a Canonical cake. From the cake baker: “The book is chocolate cake with chocolate butter cream covered in fondant and hand painted. The text is from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, it is from the 3rd adventure. The pipe and magnifying glass are made from sugar paste and the only non-edible component is the disc of perspex set in the magnifying glass.”
[Truly an item fit for ‘Baker’ Street!]
Doyleockian points out that Undershaw is apparently for sale (again). Whether or not this is a good or bad thing, time will only tell - and thanks to the eternal vigilance of Save Undershaw, no surreptitious action will/can be taken by whoever ends up purchasing the storied and controversial property.
[My only complaint: this isn’t an animated GIF.]
Sherlock Quotes put out a call for someone to take over the blog: “Is anybody interested in running this blog? It looks like undivided self is AWOL and I’d still like to see the blog active even though I don’t want to run it myself. Just message sherlock-quotes or breadraptor and let me know. Make sure you have a good source of quotes, especially if you plan to post daily!” Sounds like a good opportunity if someone wants to enter the world of Sherlockian blogging without starting from scratch.
F—k Yeah Granada Holmes re-posted a series of classic Granada Sherlock Holmes poses and scenes loosely connected via one of Holmes’ most provocative and definitive statements: “My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don’t know” (BLUE).
And to conclude the final Friday Sherlock Links Compendium post of 2012, I’d like to share a picture of the most Sherlockian-centric Xmas present I received this year: a small, hand painted portrait of Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson rendered as cats!
[Seriously, this is what you get a person whose two favorite things are Sherlock Holmes and cats.]