Episode 111: Hip Hop Holmes

"Yes, Mr. Holmes, I teach music." [SOLI] 

 

It's our final show of 2016, we welcome Karen Wilson to the program to discuss a variety of musical associations of hers with Sherlock Holmes. From teaching to composing to performing, she does it all, and incorporates that into her Sherlockian pursuits.

 
We're treated to one of the best toasts of the year, "Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street," performed for us by Karen. It was inspired by "Alexander Hamilton" from the hit musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and it does not disappoint.
 
Karen shares with us her muse, the creative process, her other inspirations and more in this memorable interview. Plus, a solution for getting kids to put down those pesky electronic devices.

Burt and Scott mention some Sherlockian resolutions for 2017; what are yours? And do you have suggestions for guests for 2017? Let us know with a call, a comment, or an email.

 

 

 

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Notes

1:35 Hello and introduction

2:21 Sherlockian resolutions for 2017

6:30 Wessex Press

7:45 A quick Doctor Who aside

9:22 Karen Wilson joins the show

14:30 Burt discovers Karen's hidden talent with a Hamilton-inspired toast

23:15 The creative process

26:57 Looking back at other Sherlockian music, including Harvey Officer and his contributions

33:42 Gilbert and Sullivan parodies are typically well-received, such as "He Is the Very Model of the Modern Major Medico"

36:02 Flanders and Swann inspire

42:42 Appearing at the Gaslight Gala

47:55 A new Sherlockian society idea

51:09 Sherlock Holmes Brand 

52:06 The Baker Street Journal

53:40 Final thoughts for 2016

 

 

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Episode 110: Sociable and Clubbable

"It is for the convenience of these that the Diogenes Club was started" [GREE] 

Sherlockian societies are literally everywhere. Go ahead and check — we'll wait. And just as there are many things that make them unique, there are just as many that bind them together.

Whether it's traditions, geography, frequency, or program style, Sherlock Holmes is at the center of it all. And while Sherlock and his brother Mycroft felt right at home at the Diogenes Club, which was created for the most unsociable and unclubbable men around, Sherlockian gatherings exist for just the opposite reason. We band together because we're gregarious people and we have a common love of all things related to the Sherlock Holmes stories.

Burt's recent travels have taken him to a number of Sherlock Holmes groups, and he reflects on what's special about each. You might find some confluence with groups you belong to; or perhaps there are stark differences. Leave us a comment and let us know what you think other interested Sherlockians should know about your local group's traditions.

 

Listen along to hear about these and other discoveries, including Scott's revelation that there's a difference between the Hoboken Free State and the Hoboken-free state. Top it off with our Gas-Lamp, the poem "" by Charles E. Lauterbach, which appeared in the 1958 Baker Street Journal Christmas Annual.

 


 

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Notes

1:32 Hello and introduction

2:49 Wessex Press

4:15 There's another podcast out there

6:54 The people and the groups related to our hobby

11:01 The Grillparzer Club of the Hoboken Free State

15:28 The Christopher Morley Walk at the Baker Street Irregulars and Friends Weekend

18:56 Frequency, traditions and creativity galore mean unique experiences

33:55 Let's hear about your area's Sherlockian society's traditions

34:52 The News!

38:15 Tribute to Andrew Sachs

43:52 The Baker Street Journal

45:23 The Editor's Gas-Lamp

52:23 Your help needed

 

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Episode 109: Behind the Canonical Screen

"Holmes crouched down behind the screen" [HOUN]

 

Every four years, the Baker Street Irregulars host a conference of sorts. We shared with you some of our impressions from the Chautauqua conference in Episode 104.

 

This time, we step back to the conference immediately preceding it - Behind the Canonical Screen, which took place in Los Angeles at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in 2012. We're joined by Lyndsay Faye, BSI ("Kitty Winter"), ASH and Ashley Polasek, ASH, who co-edited the book containing the papers and presentations from the conference, Sherlock Holmes: Behind the Canonical Screen, published by the BSI Press.

 

They tell us about the goings-on at the conference, of watching the screenings while attending an academic symposium, the power of symbolism, costume and more. We have two sponsors, plus a bonus Sherlock Holmes Brand ad, for your listening pleasure.

 

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Episode 108: Becoming a Sherlockian

"If a man has a hobby, he follows it up" [ILLU] 

One of the perennially favorite sets of episodes is the Sherlockian 101 series we did (originally Episode 4 and Episode 5). Many of our longtime listeners may have heard these, but some may not have listened to them in a while. And we recognize that we may have new listeners who may not have gone through our extensive back catalog.

Therefore, we decided to resurrect and combine these episodes into one larger show to help you understand just what goes in to this little hobby of ours. From the original stories, to the advent of Sherlock Holmes as a pop culture figure, our love of all things Victorian and just getting started, you'll get a good grounding in the language and customs of our hobby.

Then, we'll help you understand the community of people that we call Sherlockians (or is that Holmesians?) who have been at this for over 100 years. From the publications they produce to the meetings they hold, we'll give you a grounding of the language, names and even traditions at some of these groups.

We'll cap it off with a tribute to none other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who got this whole party started. We hope you enjoy it.

 

Notes

  • 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
  • The Baker Street Irregulars and the origins of Sherlock Holmes societies
  • The Baker Street Journal Christmas Annuals
  • Some society proceedings
  • Overview of the past and present heads of the Baker Street Irregulars
  • Why the "Baker Street Irregulars"?
  • Some international groups, including the U.K., Canada, Japan, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Italy and France
  • How to join a Sherlockian society / what goes on at meetings
  • How to find out when the meetings are
  • Answering the age-old question: "How can I become a member of the BSI?"
  • The BSI Weekend activities
  • Other online resources for your edification
  • And some offline resources
  • The Editor's Gas Lamp, from Vol. 9, No. 4, 1959

 

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Episode 107: A Scintillation of Scions

"Excellent, Watson! You scintillate today." [ILLU] 

In 2017, we'll celebrate the 10th anniversary of A Scintillation of Scions, appropriately called "a family reunion for Sherlockians." In this episode, we're fortunate to be able to speak with the founder of the event, Jacquelynn Morris, BSI ("The Lion's Mane").

From an AOL discussion board to membership in one of Maryland's finest Sherlockian societies, we hear about Jacquelynn's first meeting with Sherlock Holmes and the many people who have influenced her along the way. Hers is a story that typifies the magnificent power of friendship and colleagues as one finds one's way into the world of Sherlock Holmes fans. It includes the encouragement of outsiders and younger individuals, a fine tradition which Jacquelynn herself carries on today.

We also touch on topics such as Undershaw and Chris Redmond's latest publication About Sixty: Why Every Sherlock Holmes Story is the Best. Much like an onion, the more layers we peel back from Jacquelynn, the more we discover — and she's fascinating!

Listen in to find out what a wedding, a swordfight, Vincent Wright and a deli platter have in common.

 

Notes

1:35 Introduction

3:24 Sponsor — Wessex Press

4:45 Welcome Jacquelynn Morris, BSI, ASH

10:30 Remembering alt.fan.holmes, the Hounds of the Internet and Steve Clarkson

12:01 Watson's Tin Box of Ellicott City, Maryland

14:58 If you own a restaurant, be wary of Watson's Tin Box

18:08 Saturdays with Sherlock Holmes at the Pratt Library

20:23 The origins of A Scintillation of Scions

26:34 Essay contest for 7th graders in Howard County, Maryland

32:30 The stand-out speaker of all of the Scintillations

33:22 Other memorable events at Scintillation

35:48 Upcoming features at A Scintillation of Scions X

38:09 Getting involved with Undershaw

42:57 Jacquelynn's contribution to About Sixty

50:00 A chapter in The Wrong Passage about which poison Anna Coram took

57:53 Sponsor — The Baker Street Journal

1:00:09 Contact information and review

1:01:36 Sherlock Holmes Brand ad

1:02:43 Special news announcement

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:52am EST

Episode 106: The Ebb and Flow of Sherlock Holmes

"now bright, now faint, as the burning poison waxed or waned" [TWIS]

After nearly 130 years in print, it seems like the phenomenon of Sherlock Holmes may have peaked. And yet, it's likely that every generation may have thought that - including the one in which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was still writing the original stories.

 

We've often said that every generation has its Sherlock Holmes, and when we move beyond the printed page, it's quite true. From William Gillette to Eille Norwood, Arthur Wontner to Basil Rathbone, Ronald Howard to Douglas Wilmer and Peter Cushing, not to mention Robert Stephenson, Nicol Williamson, Jeremy Brett, Robert Downey, Jr., Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch. These are just a handful of names from two forms of media.

 

Sherlock Holmes fades but manages to come back, with no sign of abatement. Each time, the fandom receives a shot in the arm and there's a high-water mark left when the tide recedes. Then, it happens again, perhaps increasing slightly. But the interest in the character remains.

 

In this episode, we look at the cultural phenomena behind Sherlock Holmes and the impact that the character and his portrayers have had on us. We can't forget the news, the Editor's Gas-Lamp (from Autumn 2000, Vol. 50, No. 3 of the Baker Street Journal), and more.

 

 

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Episode 105: Echoes of Sherlock Holmes

"The detectives and I must have echoed it" [VALL] 

 

Laurie R. King, BSI ("The Red Circle") and Leslie S. Klinger, BSI ("The Abbey Grange") are no strangers to the mystery genre. Laurie is probably best known for her Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories, and Les has annotated the Sherlock Holmes stories, Dracula, Sandman and H.P. Lovecraft.

 

Together, the two have edited two anthologies of stories inspired by Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Sherlock and In the Company of Sherlock Holmes. They're back at it again with a third volume, Echoes of Sherlock Holmes, and we sit down with them to discuss what it's like pulling together the work from a wide variety of mystery writers.

 

If you'd like to see Laurie and Les in person, they'll be at the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, Arizona on October 1 at 2:00 pm; and at Book Passage in Corte Madera, California on October 8 at 5:00 pm. And there will be a celebration of the publication of Echoes of Sherlock Holmes via the Sherlock Holmes Breakfast Club in Los Angeles on October 9 at 3:00 pm.

 

 

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Episode 104: Sherlockians at Chautauqua

"I had never heard of the institution" [GREE] 

 

Every four years, the Baker Street Irregulars, the New York-based literary society dedicated to studying Sherlock Holmes, arranges an excursion somewhere in the United States. These events happen outside of the usual BSI Weekend, and like the weekend itself, are open to all interested Sherlockians.

 

The first in 2004 took the group to Salt Lake City on the trail of A Study in Scarlet; then in 2008, the group went to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania to the locales that inspired The Valley of Fear; in 2012, Los Angeles played host to a film-related conference. And in 2016, the group headed to the Chautauqua Institution for "The Mind and Art of Sherlock Holmes."

 

And this time, we were there! We managed to not only listen to and see some wonderful presentations, but we gave one of our own on the future of our little publication. But in the meantime, we nabbed a few of the speakers and got their stories — stories that went beyond the presentations. We even have some audio (and video clips below) of Philip Carli at the piano during the silent showings of the William Gillette film and Eille Norwood shorts. We even have some breaking news on a newly-discovered silent Sherlock Holmes film — the last one ever produced, in 1929.

 

Join us to hear why this hobby is about more than the collective events and publications; it's about relationships.

 


 

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Notes

1:36 Intro

6:22 Sponsor: Wessex Press

7:34 On the ground in Chautauqua

9:12 Interview with computer science legend Alan Kay

12:39 Bonnie MacBird talks about the Vernet family

14:45 Glen Miranker takes us to the WWI trenches

20:30 Henry Boote, Sherlockian entertainer

24:09 Tim Greer on staging Sherlock Holmes

29:12 Sponsor: The Baker Street Journal

31:22 Silent films

34:30 Philip Carli at the piano during the Norwood films

37:15 Russell Merritt talks about the silent films — and a newly discovered one!

41:59 Philip Carli accompanies the Gillette film

44:42 Jeffrey Hatcher on his inspiration for Holmesian screenwriting and playwriting

53:12 Closing thoughts

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:24pm EST

Episode 103: Coupling with Sherlock Holmes - Al & Julie Rosenblatt

"they were said to be a most united couple" [DANC]

You might call them the first couple of the Baker Street Irregulars. Albert ("Inspector Bradstreet") and Julia ("Mrs. Turner") Rosenblatt have graced the Sherlockian scenes as a couple since the early 1970s.

We had a chance to visit them at their home in New York, where we heard about a little girl named Margie and an unrelated trip to Meiringen were responsible for sparking the interest that led to so many amazing things.

From arranging the quinquennial Sherlockian dinners at the Culinary Institute of America with Master Chef Fritz Sonnenschmidt, BSI ("Simpson's") to writing Dining with Sherlock Holmes, and providing us with the BSI year-in-review in verse and a second generation Sherlockian, Al and Julie have been sparking plugs for many others.  

Join us to hear why this hobby is about more than the collective events and publications; it's about relationships.

 

Notes

1:36 Intro
2:55 Listener comments
7:33 Your comments, please
9:35 Sponsor: The Wessex Press
10:38 Al & Julie Rosenblatt
12:37 We have Margie to thank for Julie's first meeting with Sherlock Holmes
14:10 Al's first meeting with Sherlock Holmes and a trip to Meirengen
16:15 The Baker Street Irregulars come onto the scene
18:23 Julie's educational efforts
20:00 Sherlock Holmes and the law, including retired Sherlockians sitting in for fun
22:30 Betsy, their Sherlockian progeny
24:51 Al and Betsy begin their BSI Weekend in verse partnership
29:00 The Venn diagram of a Sherlockian couple
30:42 The beginnings of the Culinary Institute dinners
36:57 The cookbook
38:13 Master Chef Fritz Sonnenschmidt is on the scene
44:52 Splitting attention between the BSI and ASH
47:39 Memories of Julian Wolff
50:03 Sponsor: The Baker Street Journal
51:45 A conversation with Julian about the difference between fact and fiction
53:30 Women in the BSI
1:00:25 Julie receives her investiture and the pair becomes the first entry in the Florin Society
1:05:30 Non-Sherlockian interests and what's next
1:10:00 It started with Sherlock Holmes, but now it's about friendship
1:11:02 Final remarks
 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:38am EST

Episode 102: Summer at Baker Street

"In summer it is a favourite resort" [VALL] 

 

How often do you think of hot summer weather when you read the Sherlock Holmes stories? According to our calculations, it should be about 25%. But it doesn't seem that way, does it? It turns out that 16 of of the 60 stories took place in the summer months.

For those of you keeping track at home, they are (according to William S. Baring-Gould): 

  • "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" - June 1889
  • "The Man with the Twisted Lip" - June 1889
  • "The Engineer's Thumb" - Summer 1889, alternatively August or July
  • "The Stockbroker's Clerk" - June
  • "The Crooked Man" - Summer - August, 1888/9
  • "The Greek Interpreter" - Summer
  • "The Norwood Builder" - August 1894/5
  • "The Dancing Men" - July 1898
  • "Black Peter" - July 1895
  • "The Six Napoleons" - July/August 1900
  • "The Cardboard Box" - August late '80s
  • "His Last Bow" - August 1914
  • "The Mazarin Stone" - Summer 1903
  • "The Three Garridebs" - June 1902
  • "The Lion's Mane" - July 1907
  • "The Retired Colourman" - Summer 1898

We also take you to the Norwegian Explorers' triennial conference The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes in Minneapolis, courtesy of our intrepid correspondent Steve Mason. We also reflect on your kind words from our 100th episode and enjoy Christopher Morley's "Sherlock Holmes Prayer" as our Gas-Lamp. Erik Deckers tries his skill at "Mental Exaltation" - will he be successful?

And perhaps there's an Easter egg somewhere as well...

 

 

We thank Mary Miller for her ongoing and generous support of our program on Patreon. And we thank the many listeners to turned out to support us for our 100th show with one-time PayPal contributions.

 

Notes

1:32 Introduction and welcome
2:57 Sherlock Holmes's childhood and summers
7:18 Sponsor - Wessex Press, "a blended, splendid catalog"
8:32 A special report from the Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes conference in Minnesota
20:02 Summertime in the Canon
37:16 Sherlock Holmes Brand spot
38:16 A reflection on IHOSE 100
40:38 Mental Exaltation
49:49 Gas Lamp
55:47 Sponsor - BSJ
57:57 Closing thoughts

 

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