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

 

Sponsors

This episode includes our two longtime sponsors. Please support our sponsors by visiting their sites:

 

Links

 

Many more links, articles and images are available in our Flipboard magazine at  ihose.co/flipsherlock, as well as on the The Sherlock Holmes Community on Google+ (with over 3,900 members), as well as through our accounts on  FacebookInstagramSnapchatTwitter  and Tumblr.

 

Please subscribe to us on iTunesGoogle PlaySoundcloudStitcher or Spreaker and be kind enough to leave a rating or review for the show. And please tell a friend about us, in any fashion you feel comfortable.

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Image source: BSI Trust - 2005 BSI Dinner

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