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Category Archives: The Game is Afoot

ON CHANDLER’S GREATNESS PART 2

RAYMOND CHANDLER’S ENTICING and elegant prose encourages this two-part collection gleaned from The Annotated Big Sleep. Here in Part 2 are burbank tops, license holders, and California’s sturdy front doors. … Continue reading

October 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

ON CHANDLER’S GREATNESS PART 1

I’VE BEEN savoring the annotated version of Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep. Annotations, bibliography, and all, the book is 474 pages long, and I feel no urgency to finish it. … Continue reading

October 29, 2019 · 2 Comments

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE UNDEAD

WHAT WITH Halloween approaching, and with the world’s greatest consulting detective being immortal, it’s not inappropriate to address Holmes and the Undead. Scary. Here are tidbits from the Sacred Canon, … Continue reading

October 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

A WELL-CONNECTED HOLMES PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE discussed Sherlock Holmes’ connectedness through news periodicals and Her Majesty’s Post. Today, the Baker Street Irregulars, telegraphy and telephony come to the aid of the world’s first consulting … Continue reading

September 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

A WELL-CONNECTED HOLMES PART 1

HOLMES CHRONICLER Dr. John H. Watson once called London “that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.” On the other hand, this … Continue reading

September 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

SHERLOCK HOLMES—THE SPORTSMAN

IN INITIAL ASSESSMENT of Sherlock Holmes—his Limits, chronicler Dr. John H. Watson made no mention of sports other than “Is an expert singlestick player, boxer, and swordsman.” This was recounted … Continue reading

June 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

A TALE OF TWO BOUQUINISTES

I’VE ENJOYED encounters with bouquinistes, booksellers offering their wares along the Seine in Paris. One result is a kid’s magazine, titled Tintin—Le Journal des Jeunes de 7 à 77 ans. … Continue reading

May 30, 2019 · Leave a comment