Tobacco and the Soul

By |2015-05-19T23:26:26-05:00July 8th, 2014|Categories: Culture, Sherlock Holmes|

The current brouhaha over smoking has made everyone painfully aware of tobacco’s effects on the body, but it has also obscured a more profound reason for smoking’s popularity: its relation to the soul. As the heyday of smoking passes into the ashheap of history, it is meet that we reflect on this connection. The soul, [...]

Nevermind the Sherlock: Rediscovering the Great Gentleman

By |2014-08-04T16:13:13-05:00February 6th, 2014|Categories: Sherlock Holmes, Television|

It’s hard to avoid it. Sherlock fever is everywhere, and all across the Internet, American viewers are feverishly keeping up with the Third Season of BBC One’s hit television show, Sherlock. In case you’ve been immune to the virus since 2010, the gist of Sherlock is that it is a thoroughly modern take on Sir Arthur [...]

Many Happy Returns, Sherlock Holmes: Celebrating 160 Years

By |2014-01-20T06:33:24-06:00January 6th, 2014|Categories: Books, Fiction, Poetry, Sherlock Holmes|Tags: |

Sherlock Holmes was born (in all probability) on January 6th, 1854—160 years ago today. In answering how this date was discovered out of the secret of Mr. Holmes’ past, the temptation may arise to proclaim, “Elementary, my dear Watson.” Regard, however, for the Canon—the sixty public records of Mr. Holmes’ remarkable career—repudiates common errors. Nowhere [...]

Return to Sherlock Holmes and Baker Street

By |2014-01-21T10:37:17-06:00September 22nd, 2013|Categories: Books, Fiction, Mystery, Sherlock Holmes|Tags: |

A type of book which we hardly seem to produce in these days, but which flowered with great richness in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, is what Chesterton called the ‘good bad book’: that is, the kind of book that has no literary pretensions but which remains readable when more serious productions have [...]

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