We've received a lot of correspondence from listeners asking us about some of the basics of the Sherlockian world – thank you for taking the time to contact us and let us know what's on your mind. In order to ensure that we're all working from the same level of knowledge, we'll cover some of the fundamentals of "the Game." Since this is such a broad topic, this will be a two-part show – and rather than make you wait two weeks for the second part, we'll release it next week.

Show topics:

  • Listener mail - how do I get into a Sherlockian society?
  • What do we mean by Canonical?
  • Which are the best Sherlock Holmes stories to read? Where should I begin?
  • Holmes and Watson as real people - the beginnings of Sherlockian scholarship
  • Some details about Baker Street - particularly 221B
  • How we use short-hand to refer to the stories
  • Close connection with and nostalgia for the Victorian/Ewardian era when the Baker Street Irregulars was founded in 1934
  • You say Sherlockian / I say Holmesian

Links for this episode:

Direct download: ihearofsherlock04.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:16pm EST

In this episode, we sit down for a chat with Mike Berdan, BSI to discuss his article "The Adventure of the Dead Detective" in the Spring 2007 Baker Street Journal. Mike tells us about:
  • How he came to be interested in Holmes
  • His origins with Sherlock Holmes societies
  • Some of his previous 12 published articles in the Journal
  • The life of a freelance writer
  • His inspiration behind the current article
  • Response to Mike's thesis in his article
  • Advice for aspiring Sherlockian scholars looking to be published
  • A surprising revelation
It's worth noting that this episode was actually our first recording session; the audio, while not ideal, is leveled better than the previous interview. We hope that you'll be able to listen to it without any difficulty.

Links from this episode:
Following is a list of some Sherlockian journals that consider contributions for publication:
Mike's article from the BSJ:

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Direct download: ihearofsherlock03.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:39am EST