The Winter 2019 Baker Street Journal includes these articles:
The Editor’s Gas-Lamp.
Howard Phillips Lovecraft and Vincent Starrett
by Leslie S. Klinger.
Reconsidering Canonical Characters
by David L. Leal.
Sherlock Holmes vs. Hitler: A True Story
by Chris Chan.
Art in the Blood
by Scott Bond.
The Commonplace Book.
Baker Street Inventory.
The Sherlockian Societies.
Dark Places, Wicked Companions and Strange Experiences
by Ira B. Matetsky.
Letters to Baker Street.
“Stand with me here upon the terrace . . .”
Index to Volume 69.
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The Editor’s Gas-Lamp
“We won’t grow up”
by Steven Rothman, Editor
Many Sherlockians tell the same story: They first read the Canon as a child. Of course, so did their friends and their family. But Sherlockians are looked at askance because they have not given up childish things. Eyebrows reach skyward as “friendly” interrogators wonder how Sherlock Holmes—fiction they had read in grade school—could possibly have a hold on an otherwise intelligent reader’s imagination.
We generally take such musings with good grace, nod slightly ashamedly to our interlocutor, and change the subject to something less fraught—say, politics or religion. But now and then, we decide to fight back, to defend our beloved Baker Street, and to ponder aloud why our questioners do not share this passion themselves.
It is not the Sherlockian community that needs to justify itself; it is the wider world. Where did the not-so-silent majority take the wrong turn? How did it lose its love of the “world of pure imagination”? Why does it think it right to mock us for retaining and maintaining our love for stories we read first in youth?
We know how much Holmes has added to our lives. Instead of looking doleful, perhaps we should be brash. Support Sherlock Holmes in the face of doubters. Teach others the joy of reading the Canon and of playing the Game. Help lead them to Baker Street.
What’s the worst that could happen? They might forget to thank us.
The Editor’s Gas-Lamp, Winter 2019, Vol. 69, No. 4.
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