Summer 2016 BSJ

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The Summer 2016 Baker Street Journal includes these articles:

The Editor’s Gas-Lamp.

“How have the years used you?”: Estrangement in the Canon
by Jaime N. Mahoney.

The Abbey Grange Game
by Nick Dunn-Meynell.

The Modern Detective
by Kate Brombley.

The Mysterious Inspector Sherlock
by Leah C. Guinn.

Arthur Conan Doyle and Baseball
by Mark Alberstat.

No. 24 Montague Street: A Neglected Stop on the Sherlockian Pilgrimage
by David Marcum.

A Hound It Was: The Illustrated Hound of the Baskervilles
by Catherine Cooke.

Art in the Blood
by Scott Bond.

The Commonplace Book.

Baker Street Inventory.

“Maybe you collect yourself, sir . . .” A Dog by Any Other Name
by Robert A. Moss.

Letters to Baker Street.

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


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The Editor’s Gas-Lamp

“A noble tie that binds”
by Steven Rothman, Editor

Steven Rothman, Editor, The Baker Street Journal

One finds endless discussion over the question, “Who is a Sherlockian.” This seems to perplex and vex many people. Yet to us, the question seems simple: You are a Sherlockian if you think you are. If you find your thoughts frequently straying toward Baker Street. If you know who the unhappy John Hector McFarlane is or can name the three Garridebs, you are a Sherlockian. If you’ve made it a point to eat at Speedy’s, you are a Sherlockian. If you’ve spent too much time listening to Sherlockian podcasts, tweeting pictures of moustaches, observing Red Pants Mondays, or posting photos of otters and hedgehogs on Tumblr, you are a Sherlockian. If you’ve deconstructed Watson’s timeline in The Hound of the Baskervilles or pastiched an unraveling of the remarkable worm, you are a Sherlockian. And if you subscribe to the Baker Street Journal and eagerly read each article, you are a Sherlockian.

Of course, the traditional way of being a Sherlockian—belonging to a Sherlockian society—is probably the best method. It needn’t be live. Virtual meetings do work and allow a great flow of exchanged views and information. But there is something wonderful about gathering round a table with other Sherlockians, seeing their faces light up as they talk about their favorite Baker Street byway. If there is no group in your area, you can start one and meet congenial souls. Use this greatest of all friendships to make more friends yourself. All of us who love Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are Sherlockians.

The Editor’s Gas-Lamp, Summer 2016, Vol. 66, No. 2.

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