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Special #8: Lyndsay's Intro To Canon - Part IV

And we're back with the fourth and sadly last of Lyndsay's four classes on the Sherlock Holmes stories at the Center for Fiction in Manhattan. This time it's full of lots of Adventures!

Enjoy!

SESSION 4: The Adventures

Readings:

--The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton
--The Adventure of the Six Napoleons
--The Adventure of the Abbey Grange
--The Adventure of Lady Frances Carfax
--The Adventure of the Devil's Foot
--"Watson Falls Asleep; Narrative Frustration and Sherlock Holmes" by James Krasner

When Doyle committed himself to writing Sherlock Holmes stories once more, the general public greeted the news giddily.  While some of Doyle's later cases borrow structurally from his earlier work, others are as fine and original as any from the pre-Reichenbach collections.  We'll consider the function of anxiety in the canon, Krasner's intriguing explication of the highly invested but ultimately frustrated narrator, and to what extent Dr. John Watson is the key to Holmes's overwhelming worldwide popularity.  We'll also chat about Doyle's life and marriages and ways his passion for divorce reform influenced his writing (though he never did get on board with voting rights for women, more's the pity), how Inspector G. Lestrade is awesome, why Holmes is the Worst Flatmate on Earth, and compare and contrast a brilliant Gothic horror tale with an absolutely terrible one.

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Another BSB authored book is on your shelves! Amy chats with Sarah about her sequel to The Detective & The Woman, this time with a Winking Tree! Learn about her writing process, the dangers of plot bunnies, plus a few announcements of a 221b Con and  essay collection nature.

 

Irene Adler is enjoying a quiet, undisturbed life in Sussex when the mysterious disappearance of a local farmer named James Phillimore throws her world into turmoil and forces her to enlist the aid of her friend and former enemy Sherlock Holmes. Irritated by his flatmate John Watson's romantic inclinations, Holmes journeys to Fulworth to assist The Woman in her investigation. Along the way, the two uncover the darkness, intrigue, scandal, and unexpected loyalty that lie at the heart of a seemingly-innocent village and a case filled with diabolical deception.

 

You can get The Detective, The Woman, & The Winking Tree below!

Amazon [US]

Barnes & Noble

The Book Depository

MX Publishing

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Episode 36: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes with Maria Konnikova

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We're getting scientific this episode with Mastermind author and psychologist Maria Konnikova! Delving into the psychology of Sherlock Holmes, we learn all about the brain attic, mindfulness, and whether Holmes has Aspergers or is even a sociopath at all. A really fun and incredibly informative episode wherein you'll learn oodles and laugh just as much. Maria is joined by Babes Curly, Lyndsay, Kafers, Amy, Sarah, Ardy, and newcomer Melinda!

Plus, there's a goodie at the end.

Maria’s first book, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, forthcoming from Viking/Penguin in January 2013, was inspired by her “Lessons from Sherlock Holmes” series for Scientific American and follows the legendary detective as he explores the workings of the human mind. It is guided by a central premise: that Sherlock Holmes serves as a near-ideal window into the psychology of how we think and is a rare teacher of how to think better than we naturally do. While those who read the book may not become master detectives, they will certainly learn more about themselves, their minds, and their capabilities, and in so doing, will come closer to the Sherlockian ideal of a thinker who knows how to observe, not merely see, the world around him.

 

Maria is currently working on an assortment of non-fiction and fiction projects. Her first book, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, will be published by Viking on January 3, 2013. She writes the weekly “Literally Psyched” column for Scientific American, where she explores the intersection of literature and psychology, and formerly wrote the popular psychology blog “Artful Choice” for Big Think. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Slate, The New Republic, The Paris Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Observer, Scientific American MIND, and Scientific American, among other publications. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, where she studied psychology, creative writing, and government, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Psychology at Columbia University. Before returning to school, she worked as a producer for the Charlie Rose show on PBS.

You can find her on twitter at @mkonnikova and at her website www.mariakonnikova.com

MASTERMIND is now available at IndieboundBarnes & Noble, and Amazon.

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Episode 35: Watson & Holmes

Babes Lyndsay, Curly, & Amy chat with two of the team behind racebent comic Watson & Holmes.

WATSON & HOLMES is a modern urban take on the tales of “Sherlock Holmes” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Re-envisioning Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson as African Americans and taking place in New York City’s famous Harlem district, the stories can go in fresh and new directions never traveled before.

Follow the Watson & Holmes team on Twitter at @NPStudios or @bperlowNPS (Brandon Perlow, co-creator) & @jgdude (Justin F. gabrie, senior editor)

Check out
http://www.newparadigmstudios.com/about/watson-and-holmes/ and facebook.com/watsonandholmes


Rick, Brandon and Paul also did an interview with with Comics are Great!

Buy Watson & Holmes #1 on ComiXology cmxl.gy/V9vtOi ($0.99) or at your local comic shop!

Buy Baker Street: Honor Among Punks on Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Honour-Among-Punks-Complete-Collection/dp/1596878029

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Special #7: Lyndsay's Intro to Canon—Part 3

And we're back with the third of Lyndsay's four classes on the Sherlock Holmes stories at the Center for Fiction in Manhattan. This time: Hounds, Points, and Baker Street Irregulars.

Enjoy!

SESSION 3: The Hound.

Readings:

--The Hound of the Baskervilles

--"The Hound Isn't the Point" by Lyndsay Faye


Arguably the best of the four novels and certainly the most famous, The Hound of the Baskervilles was published serially between Holmes's "death" and his later resurrection; Doyle suggested that the events took place previous to his demise in Switzerland at the hands of Professor Moriarty.

We'll discuss the iconic legend of the ghostly death hound, Doyle's mastery of Gothic atmosphere, the most famous adaptations of the work, the function of absence and its effects on great suspense writing, and ways in which the novel-length form is singularly ill-suited to Holmes as a character.

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Special #6: SHERLOPALOOZA

At SHERLOPALOOZA, Babes Curly, Kafers, Maria, & Ardy were joined by Sherlock composer Michael Price and blog writer Joe Lidster for a fun filled Q&A. Mostly questions from the audience, it's a fabulous and unlikely double act.

SHERLOPALOOZA was an all day screening of the second series of Sherlock plus a Q&A with two of the artistic crew. It took place on November 17th at the Prince Charles Cinema in London and was hosted by The Baker Street Babes with support from The Sherlock Holmes Society of London.

You can find Michael at www.michaelpricemusic.com, on twitter at @michael__price, and on facebook.

Joe is on twitter at @JoeLidster.

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Episode 34: Fandom, Meetups & Fan Fiction

On episode 34, Babes Ardy and Maria get to chat it up with Amy, Maz and Trills, three fabulous ladies who, like many other Holmes fans, have written fan fiction about various incarnations of Holmes and Watson.

We want to know all sorts of things from them! What drives a person to write fan fiction in the first place? What kinds of things do they like to read and write? What do they think about pastiches? How do Holmes and Watson work in an alternate universe where they're pilots, or cats, or space cowboys? What makes them so attractive and enduring to writers and readers?

Our guests have also been involved in fandom as a community, so we talk about the sorts of things that can happen when organising and attending fan events (also known as Lessons in Herding Cats 101).

There are a lot of giggles in this episode, and discussions of all manner of fan fictions. Join us for an interesting and entertaining discussion, and feel free to add your voice to it.

You can follow our guests on Twitter at @flawedamythyst, @mazarin221b, and @trillsabells. Or you can look up these usernames on Archive of our Own to have a look at their fic, if the podcast has whetted your appetite.

 

We have a new sponsor: Scintillation of Scions! Make sure you check them out at scintillation.org or on Twitter at @scint_of_scions.

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Special #5: Lyndsay's Intro to Canon—Part 2

Welcome to the second part of Lyndsay Faye's Sherlock Holmes class at the Center for Fiction in Manhattan! This time: Death! Below is Lyndsay's course description for you to follow along.

 

SESSION 2:  The Fall.

--The Final Problem
--The Adventure of the Empty House
--"Fan Fictions: On Sherlock Holmes" by Michael Chabon from Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands
--
The Bruce-Partington Plans
--The Creeping Man
--"A Case of Death and Honey" by Neil Gaiman

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle believed himself to be shackled to Holmes to the point of inhibiting projects he deemed more important and artistic; as a result, he summarily killed his most famous character at the Reichenbach Falls.  For ten years, the public believed Sherlock Holmes to be deceased.

This circumstance has led to an array of fascinating phenomena within the cult of Sherlockian study.  Not only did Doyle inadvertently turn Holmes into a Christ figure who, like all great heroes as explicated in Joseph Campbell's The Hero with A Thousand Faces, confronts death only to rise again, but gaping holes in the plot of both "The Final Problem" and "The Empty House" have led to endless fan speculation.  

How does "The Final Problem" break numerous rules of good storytelling, and how did these authorial failures transform Holmes from a consulting detective to a mythical hero?  In what ways does Michael Chabon's essay illuminate what we love about great literature, and how does Neil Gaiman's award-winning pastiche reflect these concepts?

 

Michael Chabon's Maps and Legends is available as a book and e-book from Amazon.

Neil Gaiman's short story is collected in the short story anthology A Study in Sherlock, also available from Amazon as hardcover or paperback.

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Episode 33: Wear Sherlock

WEARSHERLOCK: A blog that revolves around the wardrobe and props department of the BBC show 'Sherlock', featuring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Mark Gatiss. This blog showcases the clothes and props seen in the show as well as providing links as to where to buy them. They often host Sherlock related giveaways.

The amazing Caz, who founded and runs Wear Sherlock joins Curly & Kafers (and later on Lyd!) to chat about fashion, props, jumper patterns, and dimsum.

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Episode 32: Elementary

Contains Elementary Spoilers

Elementary, the newest player on the Sherlock Holmes market, premiered on CBS on September 27th. A modern take on Holmes starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu (as femme!Watson), many feared it was a cheap BBC knockoff. Not the case. The Babes take a good look at Elementary, how it relates to the canon and other adaptations. Baseball and the lack of exploding trees make appearances, as does an earnest message that new Holmes is always a good thing. Now about those shoes Joan...

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