Summer 2013 BSJ

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The Summer 2013 Baker Street Journal includes these articles:

The Editor’s Gas-Lamp.

Altamont Revisited
by Thad Holt.

Skipping over Skibbereen and Shuffling through Buffalo
by Marshall S. Berdan.

The Irish Question
by Dana Richards.

Was Sherlock Holmes Brought Up as a Catholic?
by Hugh Ashton.

The Lost World of Colleen Moore
by Sonia Fetherston.

Magical Mystery Trick
by Lloyd Rose.

The Post-Millennial Sherlock Holmes: Adapting the Great Detective in the 21st Century
by Ashley Polasek.

The Changing Face of the Sherlockian
by Alistair Duncan.

Art in the Blood
by Scott Bond.

The Commonplace Book.

Baker Street Inventory.

The French Artist
by Basil Chap.

221B Con Report
by Heather Holloway.

“Stand with me here upon the terrace . . .”


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The Editor’s Gas-Lamp

“Waiting around”
by Steven Rothman, Editor

Steven Rothman, Editor, The Baker Street Journal

Christopher Morley wrote in his introduction to The Complete Sherlock Holmes, “In Memoriam Sherlock Holmes,” how, when reading “The Final Problem” for the first time, he knew Sherlock Holmes could not be dead because of the date: “I had noted that the date of his Reichenbach crisis lacked only one day of being my own birthday; and I felt positive that the eve of my festival would not have been marred by the death of my hero.” This observation invites several responses. First, how egocentric is the world of ten-year-old boys who think death—even the death of others—cannot sully their birthdays! Second, what a remarkably observant lad the young Morley must have been to immediately note the dates that Watson sprinkles throughout that story and work out that Holmes and Moriarty had their final tussle on the fourth of May.

How wonderful—and how strange—to think back to those who first read about Holmes’s header over the Reichenbach without being able to find him alive again upon turning the page. We cannot conceive the excitement of reading, as Morley did, The Hound of the Baskervilles in parts as it appeared. Nor can we imagine the longueurs of waiting for the next month’s Strand. We—who have so many incarnations of Holmes to choose from—have become so used to immediacy that the patience of the original readers seems inconceivable. The closest modern audiences come to that situation would be the interval we are currently mired in anticipating the next series of Sherlock. We should be recalling the reassurances that the Canon grants.

The Editor’s Gas-Lamp, Summer 2013, Vol. 63, No. 2.

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