Episode 95: A Curious Collection of Dates

"It is a curious collection." [MUSG] 

You've probably heard us extolling the virtues of A Curious Collection of Dates: Sherlock Holmes Through the Year on previous shows. We're big fans of this book. But after this episode, you'll understand why we're also fans of the authors.

 

Leah Guinn and Jaime N. Mahoney join us to give us the backstory on what it was like to develop the concept and bring this reference tome to life, including their decision to go with a premier publisher like Wessex Press, where their book wouldn't languish and become a remainder. 

 

In our interview with Leah and Jaime, we uncovered their major source for dates — none other than William Baring-Gould's chronology from The Annotated Sherlock Holmes, backed by Ernest Zeisler'simpressive chronology, Martin Dakin's and others as needed, not to mention online sources such as the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Wikipedia and Ancestry.com.

 

We also enticed Leah and Jaime to share their favorite entries with us. And rather than giving us the typical "I love all my children the same" response of creators, they actually spilled the beans. But you'll have to listen to find out exactly what they responded with.

 

You can find Leah at Commonplace CrimeThe Well-Read Sherlockian and The Well-Read Sherlockian Facebook page; find Jaime at Better Holmes and Gardens and the Better Holmes and Gardens Facebook page.

 

 

Regarding sponsors, you'll be glad to know that the Sherlock Holmes Brand sponsorship is back. And we give you another opportunity to help us determine what our 100th episode should consist of: if you have ideas, please let us know by popping by this Facebook Event posting.

 

Our special thanks goes out to Mary Miller for her extraordinary Patreon support! Won't you join her and others by clicking on the button?

 

You'll also be treated to clips from Thomas Edison, the Dead Ringers and an Easter egg that includes an essential debate about Sherlock's Louise Brealey.

 

Notes

1:50 Welcome

3:35 Sponsor #1 - the Baker Street Journal

5:18 Burt's first Sherlockian newsletter

7:43 Welcome Leah and Jaime

13:47 Competing Sherlockian blogs

16:07 How the book came to be

18:18 Pulling the entries together

20:21 Sponsor #2 - Amanda Lester, Detective

23:33 How they balanced length and frequency of entries

26:14 Source material

30:32 Leah and Jaime disclose their favorite entries in the book

37:07 The April 30 entry from A Curious Collection of Dates

38:57 Is this the first book for either author?

44:16 Sponsor #3 - Wessex Press

47:26 Sherlock Holmes Brand spot

48:25 Jump on the Patreon bandwagon!

49:57 Make suggestions for our 100th episode

52:10 Downton Abbey spoof

55:26 Leave us a review/rating and closing comments

58:40 Easter egg

 

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Episode 94: News & Nonsense

"absolute nonsense" [VALL] 

 

 

This episode is a little different. As you know, we alternate between interview shows and Burt and Scott discussing whatever comes to mind. In this case, we had a number of news-related items to stitch together, but we had help in doing so. This was something of a chowder, a goulash, a salmagundi, a boullabaise, a melange of content.

 

First, Bob Katz, BSI ("Dr. Anstruther") joined us again, but this time he told us all about "The Mind and Art of Sherlock Holmes" — the latest in the BSI's series of quadrennial conferences. This gathering at the Chatauqua Institution is not exclusive to Baker Street Irregulars; it's open to any Sherlockian who wishes to participate in a conference centered around art of all sorts. In this case, that includes theater, film, music and even podcasting (!). Plenty of food, drink, Sherlockian shopping, sightseeing and more.

 

Rachel Smillie, Ph.D. is a research assistant at the University of Porsmouth, where she's conducting a study of Sherlockians and their organizations, called "Celebrities, Fans and Muses." She is interested in getting in touch with Sherlockians from all over the world. If you're involved with a Sherlockian society — particularly if you lead one — please get in touch with Dr. Smillie to participate in the survey.

 

We subject Ron Lies to a Wait Wait Don't Tell Me-inspired quiz in which Scott does a mediocre Bill Kurtis impression, and then we get on with the news.

 

The Editor's Gas-Lamp is "The Days We Envy" from Vol. 4, No. 3 of the Baker Street Journal from 1954. And our Easter egg contains some tales from Down Under and a surprise update on one of the earlier news items.

 

Finally, we discuss Episode 95 in which we'll interview Jamie Mahoney and Leah Guinn, authors of A Curious Collection of Dates. And we brainstorm what we'll do in Episode 100. If you have ideas for what we should do for our centennial show, please let us know.

 


 

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Notes

1:52 Welcome

3:35 First sponsor — which will it be?

6:01 Bob Katz joins us to talk about the BSI conference in Chatauqua

27:25 Second sponsor — including some trivia about Arthur Conan Doyle and the first speeding ticket in a small Connecticut town

31:15 Rachel Smillie from the University of Portsmouth

40:57 Mental Exaltation

51:20 Third sponsor

53:46 The news!

1:09:33 The Editor's Gas-Lamp

1:15:16 Closing comments

1:16:00 Our 100th episode

 

Sponsors

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