I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere
Summary: The first podcast for Sherlock Holmes devotees. News, events, entertainment, books, people and places related to Sherlock Holmes
Well, it's been in the news quite frequently lately. The new Sherlock Holmes movie has brought new life to the literary franchise we all know and love. But Holmesians have a number of questions: how is it? Does Robert Downey, Jr. make a decent Holmes? Is the "bromance" just a little too much for the purists? Will those raised on Rathbone be able to stand the latest reincarnation? To help us answer these questions and perhaps raise a few more, Scott and Burt are joined in this episode by Sherlockian film critic David F. Morrill, BSI ("Count Von Kramm"), a man who owns as many as 10,000 movies - some of which are actually worth watching. David helps us discern what makes a good cinematic Holmes, shares his picks of the best film editions of The Sign of the Four, and shares his opinion on how Downey stacks up while dressing down. Listen now: Links: 2008 Baker Street Journal Christmas Annual - Reading the Signs: Some Observations and Aperçus on Film and Television Adaptations of The Sign of the Four David's picks for the best versions of The Sign of the Four: the Ian Richardson version, the Jeremy Brett outing, and the Matt Frewer edition. Sherlock Holmes: the Complete Series, featuring Ronald Howard For those interested in the other cartoons & films mentioned in passing: Secret Squirrel, Wile E. Coyote and Animal House can be found here. Download this episode by right-clicking the icon and selecting "Save As..." (File size: 25.6 MB, 27:56 )
We are delighted to bring you one of the greats of the Sherlockian world in this episode - none other than the Edgar-winning editor Leslie Klinger, BSI, 2s ("The Abbey Grange"). And while it's tempting to craft these show notes entirely out of endnotes and footnotes, we'll give you some meaty content. Les Klinger is one of the foremost living experts on Sherlock Holmes, having edited a number of books related to the great detective. He also has a vast knowledge of Dracula and has contributed to the literature of that subject as well. We have a representative listing of his works in the links section below. Les is the editor of the three-volume set The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes and the ten-volume Sherlock Holmes Reference Library. He has written numerous books and articles on Sherlockiana and co-edited with Andrew Jay Peck, BSI ("Inspector Baynes, Surrey Constabulary") the revised edition of The Date Being--?: A Compendium of Sherlockian Chronologies and Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle & The Bookman: An Anthology of Literary Treasures (1895-1933) with S.E. Dahlinger. He has taught several UCLA Extension courses on "Sherlock Holmes and His World" and has consulted with Warner Bros. on the Sherlock Holmes film series with Robert Downey, Jr. He is co-editing an anthology of Victorian detective stories for IDW Publishing. Les has written The New Annotated Dracula and is also editing an anthology of Victorian vampire stories for IDW Publishing. He served as the Series Editor for the BSI Manuscript Series and is currently the editor of the BSI's History Series. With Laurie R. King, he co-editing The Grand Game and the duo is currently co-editing a collection of original Sherlock Holmes-inspired short stories called A Study in Sherlock, due out from Random House in December 2011. Les joins us for a very robust discussion of his passion - mostly editing, writing and lecturing about Sherlock Holmes and Dracula - passions that have seemingly been fueled by a lack of weekend activities of this practicing attorney. He shares with us the beginnings of his interest, the growth of his writing and editing responsibilities and eventual academic post involving Sherlock Holmes, and has recommendations as to where new Sherlockians can get started. We also have a wonderful audio comment from a listener. Links: Leslie S. Klinger on Amazon The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes Reference Library Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle & The Bookman: An Anthology of Literary Treasures (1895-1933) The New Annotated Dracula The Grand Game: A Celebration of Sherlockian Scholarship Volume 1: 1902-1959 The BSI Manuscript Series The BSI History Series Listen now: Download this episode by right-clicking the icon and selecting "Save As..." or simply click on the file to listen, or on the nice box above. (File size: 53.8 MB, 58:42) Your thoughts on the show? Leave a comment below, send us an email, call us at (774) 221-READ (7323) or drop by our Facebook page. Please visit our sponsor, Wessex Press. Image credit: Scott Monty (Flickr) --
It's always fun to have an author on our show, and even more so when the author has written a book that has gotten many popular reviews lately. Graham Moore was inspired to write The Sherlockian after discovering the character in his childhood and discovering that the people who admire him are an interesting lot. Burt and Scott go inside the mind of the author to discern his intent, determine the origin of the fascination with Doyle, Holmes and Sherlockians, discuss inaccuracies (were they intentional or not?), and find out just what it's like - in his own words - for a 28 year-old to write a novel for the first time - a daunting task, regardless of one's age. We take a bit of a departure with our tradition of reading the Editor's Gas-Lamp this time - tune in to hear where we took our inspiration from and how we share it with you. Links: The Sherlockian on Amazon.com Reviews of The Sherlockian from the Los Angeles Times, A.V. Club, the New York Times. Episode 08: To Keep the Memory Green Episode 13: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - A Life in Letters The Copper Beeches by Arthur Lewis The Case of the Baker Street Irregulars by Antony Boucher Listen now: Download this episode by right-clicking the icon and selecting "Save As..." or simply click on the file to listen, or on the nice box above. (File size: 51 MB, 55:39) Your thoughts on the show? Leave a comment below, send us an email, call us at (774) 221-READ (7323) or drop by our Facebook page. --
We enjoy the episodes in which we have an opportunity to interview interesting people in the world of Sherlock Holmes. Even more so when we can welcome back a previous guest. In this case, we're happy to have Jon Lellenberg join us to talk about his new novel Baker Street Irregular. Jon previously joined us on Episode 13: A Life in Letters with Dan Stashower. If you haven't had a chance to listen to that yet, please do. In this chat, Jon fills us in on his first novel - one that combines his professional experience and Sherlockian interest very nicely - featuring Woody Hazelbaker, a young lawyer whom we meet in New York City during Prohibition. Through associations with a crime boss, the early members of the Baker Street Irregulars, and eventually some high-ranking members of the U.S. and British government, Woody's personal and professional journey up to and beyond World War II is a fascinating one. And for those uninitiated in both BSI history and pre-WWII history, you'll get a glimpse as you've never gotten. Listen in to hear what inspired Jon to write this and some of the inside secrets behind the pages of the book. Listen now: Download this episode by right-clicking the icon and selecting "Save As..." or simply click on the file to listen (File size: 51 MB, 55:43) Links Review from The Big Thrill Some background on Elmer Davis BSI Archival History Explore Woody's world Jon's blog, The Editor's Gas-Bag Purchase the latest entries in the BSI History Series Please visit our sponsor: Wessex Press, publishers of the new titles Murder in the Vatican and Sherlockian Heresies. Click the link above to read more about the titles on their site.
Christopher Morley once said that the Sherlock Holmes stories were a textbook of friendship. We've heard this platitude before, but what does it mean? How did the relationship between Holmes and Watson manifest itself in the Canon and how does that impact us as Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts today, in the digital age? We discuss the elements of Holmes and Watson and how they were influenced most notably by the personality of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; the difficulty in portraying the depth of the characters and their relationship on stage and screen; and how Sherlockians make each other's acquaintance. We get to your comments - which you can submit below, on our Facebook Page, via email (comment AT ihearofsherlock DOT com) or by calling 774-221-READ (7323). We read the Gas-Lamp from Vol 2. No. 1, 1952 that celebrates Dr. Watson. Note: there may be some dated mentions, as this episode had been "in the can" for a while. Links Sherlock Holmes And Dr. Watson: A Textbook Of Friendship Dr. Thorndyke mysteries The Criterion Bar "You squashed my pea." (from Murder By Decree) The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes John Gielgud & Ralph Richardon (1950s radio series) Clive Merrison & Michael Williams (BBC radio series - complete Canon on audio) Google search results for "Sherlock Holmes" (now over 15 million results) I Hear of Sherlock on Twitter: @ihearofsherlock Download this episode by right-clicking the icon and selecting "Save As..." (File size: 50.5 MB, 55:06) Please visit our sponsor: Wessex Press, publishers of the new titles Murder in the Vatican and Sherlockian Heresies. Click the link above to read more about the titles on their site.
This week we cover a few sundry items, which we're calling a potpourri of Sherlockian material - tidbits of information about a number of topics that themselves may not require en entire show. Topics include: News coverage of the conference Sherlock Holmes and His Worlds in Bennington, VT The Spirits of Sherlock Holmes conference at the University of Minnesota August 6-8, 2010 A Scintillation of Scions III in Clarksville, MD A new book from Jon Lellenberg, Baker Street Irregular Books about the BSI: The Case of the Baker Street Irregulars by Anthony Boucher, Murder Most Irregular by H. Paul Jeffers, Copper Beeches by Arthur H. Lewis This episode's reading comes from Profile By Gaslight: "Ballad of Watson in the Morning" by Belden Wigglesworth. Download this episode by right-clicking the icon and selecting "Save As..." (File size: 24.1 MB, 26:21) Please visit our sponsor: Wessex Press, publishers of the new titles Murder in the Vatican and Sherlockian Heresies. Click the link above to read more about the titles on their site.
It isn't often that one gets an opportunity to chat with an accomplished actor, either from the big screen, small screen, or the stage. Burt and Scott were joined by one that has crossed all three, but whom is certainly known for his musical turn as Sherlock Holmes in the 1965 musical "Baker Street: A Musical Adventure of Sherlock Holmes:": none other than Tony Award-winning actor Fritz Weaver. Fritz Weaver is a veteran of the stage and an accomplished voice over artist, so you'll no doubt enjoy his booming baritone throughout this interview. Over the course of this 30-minute chat with Fritz, we cover a range of material, including some commentary on William Shatner's singing style; some behind-the-scenes information - and funny at that - about Martin Gabel, who played Moriarty in the musical; references to My Fair Lady; lovely reminiscences of Inga Swenson; and even a Twilight Zone reference. But we mostly focus on "Baker Street," the memories of the production, and even include some of the musical tracks from "Baker Street," bringing Mr. Weaver "down memory lane," as he fondly states.Cold Clear World (Holmes & Adler) I Shall Miss You (Moriarty) Pursuit (Holmes) After the interview, Burt shares with us how he was able to land an interview with our very special and remarkable guest. Tune in to hear how he managed it! We close with a reading from The Baker Street Journal, Vol. 15, No. 2 (June 1965) titled "How a Baker Street Irregular Looks at Baker Street." Listen now: LinksPurchase Baker Street: A Musical Adventure of Sherlock Holmes from Amazon.com. The Baker Street Journal online Download this episode by right-clicking the icon and selecting "Save As..." (File size: 38.7 MB, 42:15)
As you probably know, any blockbuster film - in addition to the revenue it brings to the studio - will result in an associated cottage industry. Toys, music, books, video games - you name it. In this case, Sherlockians new and old have been given a gift in the renaissance the character is now enjoying. In this episode, we're joined by Steven Doyle, BSI, 2s ("The Western Morning News"), author of Sherlock Holmes For Dummies, a book that in a single place, encapsulates our hobby and all of the associated background of the time, era and stories that make it so enjoyable. Join us and listen in on what some of the highlights of the book are, the "story behind the story" of how Steve was chosen as the author, and some surprises that Steve encountered along the way. We close with a reading of and Editor's Gas-Lamp from The Baker Street Journal, Vol. 2, No. 2 (New Series) titled "Writings About the Writings." Listen now: LinksSherlock Holmes For Dummies Steve's original appearance on our show Wessex Press web site Sherlock Holmes For Dummies Cheat Sheet Jane Austen For Dummies The Sherlock Holmes Social Network The Sherlock Holmes Reference Library: The Apocrypha of Sherlock Holmes The I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere Facebook page The Baker Street Journal Download this episode by right-clicking the icon and selecting "Save As..." (File size: 42.9 MB, 46:50)
Occasionally, you'll come across individuals within the Holmesian community who are doers. Or in Sally Sugarman's case, dynamos. Sally Sugarman, BSI ("The Three Gables"), founder of the Baker Street Breakfast Club, joins Burt and Scott in this episode to discuss an upcoming conference they're hosting in honor of their 20th anniversary, entitled Sherlock Holmes: The Man and His Worlds. For a mere $60, you can register to attend this conference in the bucolic town of Bennington, Vermont from June 24-27, 2010. With an important and unusual twist of the merging of town and gown, you'll hear how the latest Bennington conference will allow attendees to venture out and explore the surroundings, yet still maintain the theme of the program. And you may even discover why one of the annual meetings of the Baker Street Breakfast Club is B.Y.O.L.M. (bring your own Lion's Mane). Listen now: Links Baker Street Breakfast Club home page Conference site Conference flyer & registration form (also embedded below) Sherlock Holmes: The Man and His World - June 2010 Download this episode by right-clicking the icon and selecting "Save As..." (File size: 35.8 MB, 39:02)
Burt and Scott have returned from the Baker Street Irregulars Weekend to take us on an audio journey of what it was like in New York in January. We bravely go from club to club, meal to meal, and Sherlockian to Sherlockian, to bring you a recap of a few of the many events that make up this largest annual gathering of Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts in the world. And because so much of the fun of the Game is in associating with other people, we'll be bringing you an audio montage of some of the people who were there as well. Together, we bring you audio coverage from the Players Club, where Burt hosted his annual Lunch of Steele to honor Frederick Dorr Steele. We also grant you insider's access to the hallowed halls of the BSI Dinner itself, where you'll hear from Sherlockian raconteur extraordinare Peter Blau as he gives a Tribute to an Old Irregular. Then we'll get a man-on-the-street view of what it's like to receive an Irregular Shilling. Finally, we wrap up the show with an announcement of the winners (that's right - there were TWO!) of the BBC Sherlock Holmes DVD and a question about potential sponsorship on this podcast. You can take the poll over in the right column. Please let us know what you think. Listen now: Links Players Club Grillparzer Sittenpolizei Verein Voices from Baker Street Near real-time writeups of the BSI Weekend Sherlock Holmes for Dummies Baker Street Breakfast Club conference - Sherlock Holmes: A Man and His Worlds Mentioned in passing: David Stuart Davies' Johnny One Eye Laurie R. King's body of work Patricia Guy's Bacchus at Baker Street: Sherlock Holmes & Victorian Drinking Lore Download this episode by right-clicking the icon and selecting "Save As..." (File size: 45 MB, 49:08)
You'll recall that on the last episode, we were joined by David Morrill, BSI ("Count von Kramm"), who offered an informed opinion about the new Sherlock Holmes film. And as they do in the film business, we're offering you the sequel: part two of Sherlock Holmes at the Movies. Here we continue where we left off, discussing Jude Law's turn as Watson, working with animals, the potential for a sequel and more. Burt wraps up the show with an alternative to our traditional Editor's Gas-Lamp by sharing an excerpt from The Films of Sherlock Holmes by Chris Steinbrunner, BSI ("The Tankerville Club Scandal") We're also running a contest for our listeners. Please be sure to listen or download the episode to hear how you can be eligible to win one of our prizes. Listen now: Links: Sherlock Holmes and autism (via the New York Times) David's opus magnum: 2008 Baker Street Journal Christmas Annual - Reading the Signs: Some Observations and Aperçus on Film and Television Adaptations of The Sign of the Four Sherlock Holmes: the Complete Series featuring Ronald Howard See Brad Pitt as Professor Moriarty The next Sherlock Holmes movie - by the Asylum Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters For those interested in the other cartoons and films mentioned in passing: Secret Squirrel, Wile E. Coyote and Animal House can be found by clicking here. Jeremy Brett's portrayal of Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Granada Television Series Basil Rathbone in The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection Download this episode by right-clicking the icon and selecting "Save As..." (File size: 28.8 MB, 31:27 )
As we finished the last episode, we realized that we never got around to talking more about "The Adventure of the Empty House," as we had promised. We've filled that gap nicely this time out, with a discussion ranging from the multitude of commentary on "The Empty House," to illustrators, to a sneak peek at a future episode. We're also running a contest for our listeners. We have a copy of The Sherlock Holmes Collection DVD set from the BBC / A&E (pictured to the left) to give away. All you have to do to have a chance to win is leave us a comment here on the site, on our Facebook page, an email, or an audio comment at (774) 221-READ (7323). Listen now: Links: Tit-Bits magazine The Annotated Sherlock Holmes (Baring-Gould edition) The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes Info on Frederic Dorr Steele Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collection The I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere Facebook page Sherlock Holmes Collection Newsletter Vol 6 No 2 Download this episode by right-clicking the icon and selecting "Save As..." (File size: 28.5 MB, 31:09 )
In the Sherlockian world, the "Great Hiatus" is known as the period from 1891 to 1894 when Holmes was presumably dead after his showdown with Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls. In the real world, it meant that publication of new Sherlock Holmes stories ceased after "The Final Problem" in December 1893 and didn't resume until The Hound of the Baskervilles appeared in 1901 as a retrospective (not a resurrection) of Holmes. It wasn't until 1903 that the world saw The Return of Sherlock Holmes in "The Empty House." For those of you who have been following, this podcast was on a hiatus of its own. Scott and Burt have been busy in our professional lives (not to mention having equipment issues and a hard drive failure thrown in for good measure). But we're back! In this show, we recap of what went on in the world of Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts for 2009, as well as what's coming up, and we even looked back at the hiatus of that august publication The Baker Street Journal. Listen now: Links: Recap of the Arthur Conan Doyle Sesquicentennial celebration/li The BSI WeekendThe BSJ Christmas Annuals - including the 2006 edition "Quartering in the 'Fifties" - Colin Prestige's Sherlockian Correspondence Two Celebrations: Silver BlazeThe original Caped CrusaderOur Facebook pageSubscribe on Download this episode by right-clicking the icon and selecting "Save As..." (File size: 46.5 MB, 50:45)