Episode 113: Dancing to Death

" dancing across the paper" [DANC] 

The opportunity to see an original Conan Doyle manuscript up close and to transcribe it word for word is a rare one. Which is why Ray Betzner, BSI ("The Agony Column") jumped at the opportunity and buttonholed David Morrill, BSI ("Count Von Kramm") to assist with the editing Dancing to Death, the latest volume in the Baker Street Irregulars Manuscript Series, which covers "The Adventure of the Dancing Men."

Ray tells us about his budding interest in Sherlock Holmes and how it began with his discovery of Vincent Starrett — and a twice-failed driving test. And he continues with the origin story of this long-unseen manuscript, the choice of authors and topics — from an authority in ciphers to the first BSI to see the manuscript, to the role of sound, to the "manuscript police" — and an admiration for the ingenuity, creativity and expertise for their work.

But it goes deeper than that: Ray shares his misgivings about this story, which is one that it is actually a failure for Sherlock Holmes. He broke the code, but he also let his client down, ultimately resulting in the Hilton Cubitt's death. Even the story itself is one that focused on the puzzle rather than on the people.

Plus, a new Sherlock Holmes brand ad and a very special visit from a longtime favorite of ours.

 

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Wessex Press, with Unmitigated Bleat by Paul Herbert, BSI.
The Baker Street Journal, where you'll find many volumes of the BSI Manuscript Series and the BSI International Series.

Notes
1:33 Recovering from the recovery from the New Year
3:17 Teasing a new feature: Elementary comic strip, courtesy of Steve and Rusty Mason
4:05 Wessex Press
5:19 For peat's sake!
5:55 Welcoming Ray Betzner, BSI ("The Agony Column")
7:10 A little bit about Vincent Starrett
10:53 The selection of the editors of Dancing to Death
13:43 The backstory on the discovery of the manuscript
18:30 John Jones / Hilton Jones / Hilton Cubitt and a Mary Morstan Watsonism
21:24 Ten essays cover a wide range of topics about the story
25:33 Misgivings about "The Dancing Men"
29:02 A story designed around the puzzle
30:40 Conan Doyle's pin cipher in WWI and the attraction of ciphers to literary types
37:17 Chicago just can't shake its reputation
46:05 Baker Street Journal
47:35 Sherlock Holmes Brand Codemaster 3000
48:34 Wrapping up and an important announcement
51:42 The game's afoot!
52:29 An extra

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Episode 112: Anno Holmes 130

"their celebrated colleague" [VALL]

 

 It's 2017 and we're back from the BSI Weekend, with tales of friends, listeners, authors and more.

Things we learned included Bonnie MacBird's next Sherlock Holmes novel that involves whisky; a future edition of a Sherlock Holmes companion from Cambridge University Press; the Society of Illustrators has a wonderful cafe, where we held the annual meeting of the Three Hours for Lunch Club, and subsequently, we'll be recommending Frederic Dorr Steele as a future Hall of Fame Member at the Society.

We debate the possibility of or need for regular electronic updates of the eBSJ archives — or even a concurrent digital option of the Journal — leading to a broader discussion of print versus digital publications.

 

And of course we touch on the latest goings-on with Sherlock.

 

The Gas-Lamp this time is made up of the lyrics of the Harvey Officer song "On the Road to Baker Street," with abject apologies to Rudyard Kipling, Frank Sinatra, and anyone with a musical ear.

 

  

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  • Wessex Press, with its latest edition of Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle in the Newspapers by Mattias Bostrom, BSI and Matt Laffey.
  • The Baker Street Journal, where you can subscribe to the 2017 BSJ and pick up the latest from the BSI Manuscript Series and the BSI International Series.

 

 

Notes

1:36 Hello, Happy New Year, and freshly returned

4:07 Wessex Press

5:21 Recap and looking ahead

6:57 The highlights from our latest Sherlockian event

9:00 A view of Sherlock Holmes "from both sides"

12:37 A fascinating tale of Frederic Dorr Steele illustrations

14:30 On the importance of pausing to reflect — particularly in the absence of technology

20:32 Cumulative anniversaries and an electronic future

30:44 LISTENER PARTICIPATION: your favorite Sherlockian publication

32:02 The Baker Street Journal

36:23 Of hotels and reading materials from the BSI Weekend

38:54 News: an update on Sherlock

46:10 The Gas-Lamp

51:15 Stories, links, products and the like in our Flipboard magazine

57:30 The game's afoot!

 

  

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