Episode 101: Rebecca Romney

"the professional enthusiasm which carried my companion" [SIGN] 

 

When your interview guest says that she was hooked on Sherlock Holmes based on the line "I confess that I covet your skull," you know it's going to be a fun and unusual discussion.

Even more fun is the fact that Rebecca Romney is an extraordinarily well read and well informed Sherlockian, partially owing to the fact that she is also a rare book dealer. Professionally, she works with Honey and Wax Booksellers, but you may recall her from one of her appearances on Pawn Stars, where she was the rare books expert.

Rebecca shares her journey, which goes from a youth filled with books to a degree in linguistics and classics, teaching English in Japan and launching Bauman Rare Books' Las Vegas gallery in 2007. Along the way, we discover other Sherlockians that Rebecca has met, the finer points of bookselling (and training to become one), and the magic of having conversations about books with people.

The conversation ranges from Ronald A. Knox to Burgess Meredith, Christopher Morley to Richard Altick. Will it include the legendary Chumley? You'll have to listen in to find out.

Rebecca and her husband J.P. Romney host the podcast Biblioclast and they have just completed a book called Printer's Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History, which will be published by Harper Collins in early 2017.

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

1:37 Welcome and intro

5:52 Sponsor: Wessex Press (The Sherlock Holmes Reference Library)

7:20 Welcoming Rebecca Romney

9:39 Getting Sherlock Holmes into her skull

12:23 Sibling battles led to the path of book collecting

17:05 How does one become a rare book dealer, anyway?

26:25 Meeting a Sherlockian for the first time

33:12 "The Skeptic's Guide to Sherlock Holmes" - from the Winter 2015 BSI

38:09 Sponsor: The Baker Street Journal (eBSJ)

40:16 Rebecca's podcast: Biblioclast

43:32 A new book: Printer's Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History

46:55 The most expensive Sherlockian book sold by Rebecca

50:22 Buyer's remorse in a Las Vegas bookshop

53:24 Collectors who view themselves as risky investors

58:24 Advice from a bookseller - channeling Christopher Morley

1:03:52 Sponsor: Sherlock Holmes Brand Rare Book Replicas

1:04:51 Wrap-up and announcements

 

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"I am one of a hundred" [ILLU] 

Well, we managed to do it. And it only took us nine years, an 18-month hiatus, one lost episode and thousands of fans.

 

That's right, it's our 100th episode.

 

We asked you what you wanted to hear for the centenary of the first podcast for Sherlock Holmes devotees, and time and again, we heard from you, telling us to do a retrospective - a look back at our favorite moments from what we've accomplished. We also asked you what your favorite moments are and what you wanted to know from us. Well, we managed to deliver on both.

 

Our 100th episode gave us a chance to reflect on exactly what turning 100 means, and to dive back into our murky and fuzzy origins. We try to answer some of your queries and we celebrate those who joined us previously before launching into our top memories of the show, as represented in audio clips. Our Gas-Lamp features two readings, including a new one created just for this episode. Finally, we wrap up with a couple of important announcements that you won't want to miss.

 

We thank Mary Miller for her ongoing and generous support of our program on Patreon. Perhaps you'd like to become a patron in honor of our 100th show. If ongoing support scares you, one-time PayPal contributions are welcome too. 

 

Additional Thanks

We have so many of you to thank — from those of you who wrote in with feedback, to those who provided reviews, created something for us, provided financial support, and of course, those who appeared on the show. It's all been absolutely overwhelming.

 

So, in no particular order, thanks to: Steve Doyle, Mark Gagen, Steve Rothman, Bob Katz, Andy Solberg, Jon Lellenberg, Dan Stashower, Mike Whelan, Peter Blau, Les Klinger, Bert Coules, Mike Berdan, Michael Dirda, Bob Thomalen, The Baker Street Babes, Otto Penzler, Maria Konnikova, Nicholas Meyer, Evelyn Herzog, Susan Rice, David Harnois, Steve Mason, Rob Nunn, Claire Strum, Peter Calamai, Nicholas Pidgeon, Nick Utechin, Ray Betzner, David Stuart Davies, David Ian Davies, Chris Redmond, Jamie Mahoney, Leah Guinn, Jerry Margolin, David Morrill, Sally Sugarman, Graham Moore, Henry Zecher, Tom Francis, Don Hobbs, Tom Richmond, Tim Johnson, Ken Ludwig, Glen Miranker, Zach Dundas, Bonnie MacBird, Bill Barnes, Roseane McNamara, Doug Elliott, Kerry Murphy, Christopher Sequeira, Erin O'Neill, and Robert Veld.

 

And extra special thanks to our spouses  Kathi and Mindi, who tolerate this silliness and allow us to interrupt the flow of home life more than we thought they would. Or certainly more than they'd prefer.

 

 

Notes

1:37 Welcome and intro

2:25 Someone else is pretty excited

3:19 Other centenary celebrations in 2016

7:10 Milestones can be difficult to celebrate, featuring Dennis Wolfberg

9:32 Our humble beginnings

11:14 Spending time

11:55 I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere - by the numbers

15:49 Multiple IHOSE interview guests

18:10 Your kind reviews on iTunes

20:24 Wessex Press

21:40 You asked for it / your favorite moments

23:29 How it all began

34:24 Remembering our hiatus

41:00 Looking back at our favorite moments

42:25 Mike Berdan on getting involved with Sherlock Holmes 

45:12 Christopher Morley on the reality of Sherlock Holmes

48:00 Peter Blau on Edgar Smith

51:38 Otto Penzler gets defensive about his literary doppelgänger

55:23 Fritz Weaver recalls Baker Street, the characterization of Sherlock Holmes, and the importance of Conan Doyle

57:54 Michael Dirda reads from On Conan Doyle

1:01:59 Lara Pulver reflects on her success

1:05:03 Bert Coules on the role of the writer with BBC Radio, the importance of his director David Johnson recognizing the major characters in The Hound of the Baskervilles

1:11:20 Bert Coules talks about casting Michael Williams as Dr. Watson, as opposed to Nigel Bruce

1:14:55 A comic interlude: a halfway decent Jack Benny impersonation

1:20:22 Lyndsay, Ashley and Ardy from the Baker Street Babes play Jeopardy and make Burt's editing job a living nightmare

1:24:06 A flashback within our flashback as Steve Rothman is unruffled and Bob Katz freaks out about Dr. Rosenbach's credentials

1:26:57 Nicholas Meyer recounts how he was invited to the BSI dinner and how he overstepped

1:35:25 Susan Rice shares the story of the afternoon when women were granted membership in the Baker Street Irregulars, together with a recording of Tom Stix presiding at that very event.

1:42:53 The Baker Street Journal

1:45:02 The Editor's Gas-Lamp: a two-fer with "221B" and "A Long Evening with Holmes"

1:50:45 Housekeeping, special thanks and two announcements — listen closely, as we need your feedback

 

 

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