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Category Archives: The Game is Afoot

A CAST OF FALCONS

AN ASSEMBLY OF BIRDS OF PREY of the genus Falco is known as a “cast” of falcons. How utterly appropriate, in that I’m thinking of the multiple personages portraying a … Continue reading

December 16, 2022 · 1 Comment

WRITER BASES HIS FICTIONAL DETECTIVE ON REAL PERSON PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, we learned about Charles Dickens and his Metropolitan Police pal Charles Frederik Field prowling London’s seedier districts. Today, Dickens honors his pal with two fictional personages.  … Continue reading

December 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

WRITER BASES HIS FICTIONAL DETECTIVE ON REAL PERSON PART 1

GEE. IS THIS GOING TO BE another recounting of Arthur Conan Doyle, medical-school mentor Joseph Bell, and Sherlock Holmes? Or Edgar Allan Poe and whoever gave him the idea for … Continue reading

December 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

ST PAUL’S LORE PART 2

AN IMAGINARY STROLL initiated by Stephen Browning’s On the Trail of Sherlock Holmes led me past the Cathedral Church of St Paul the Apostle. Who would have guessed it would … Continue reading

November 14, 2022 · 3 Comments

ST PAUL’S LORE PART 1

I WAS STROLLING with the world’s first Consulting Detective and his able chronicler past St. Paul’s Cathedral; this, encouraged by Stephen Browning’s On the Trail of Sherlock Holmes. Browning describes … Continue reading

November 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

EXISTENTIALISM, NOIR, AND THE BIG SLEEP

I AM SAVORING MY WAY through The Annotated Big Sleep. See “As Hard-boiled as a Shamus’s Simile” and “On Chandler’s Greatness” and “Sleeping with Virginia Woolf, Dreaming About a Naked … Continue reading

August 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

BOSTON BLACKIE—REFORMED JEWEL THIEF

BOSTON BLACKIE WAS BILLED AS “enemy to those who make him an enemy, friend to those who have no friend.” With this convoluted moral message, he entertained readers of pulp … Continue reading

August 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

ON THE TRAIL OF SHERLOCK HOLMES 

I’M ENJOYING STEPHEN BROWNING’S On the Trail of Sherlock Holmes, a fine addition to my collection about this first and most famous of the world’s Consulting Detectives.  Conan Doyle the … Continue reading

August 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

AN AFFABLE AND PORTLY HOLMES PART 2

ALL OF THIS STARTED with my viewing Reginald Owen in A Study in Scarlet, 1933 (when only a year before he had portrayed Watson). Today in Part 2, we find … Continue reading

May 31, 2022 · 3 Comments

AN AFFABLE AND PORTLY HOLMES PART 1

ILLUSTRATOR SIDNEY PAGET evidently knew the world’s first consulting detective very well. And for many of us, actor Basil Rathbone came most closely to Paget’s lean intensely hawkish image. However, … Continue reading

May 30, 2022 · 2 Comments