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Jan 25, 2023

“gazing with great reverence at the famous detective” [HOUN] 

When Sherlock Holmes describes himself to Watson, he says that he's a consulting detective, and then goes on to differentiate himself from two other kinds of detectives.
What did it take to become a detective, and why was Holmes different? And...

Jan 18, 2023

“pictures of the old masters” [ILLU] 

It's the first of our monthly Masters Class episodes for Season 7, and we're kicking off a series of three discussions of works by a single author. As a reminder, these episodes take a piece of well-regarded Sherlockian scholarship and deconstruct it.
In this case, we...

Jan 11, 2023

“observe the spatulate finger-end” [SOLI] 

Quick: in which Sherlock Holmes stories do we find the mention of a piano? You might think you know, but you also might likely be wrong.
The piano was an important part of middle-class life in Victorian England, part of an education and part of a way to attract...

Jan 4, 2023

“this insignificant-looking man inspired me” [GREE] 

We all have examples of mentors in our lives. People who inspire us and coach us, helping us to grow. What examples do we see of this in the Sherlock Holmes stories?
From excellent examples to counter-examples, there are a handful of instances of experience...