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Category Archives: The Game is Afoot

HUGH L. COURTNEY—CHARLATAN EXTRAORDINAIRE

THEY DON’T make charlatans like they used to. I’ve just learned about Hugh L. Courtney while reading “Cheats, Swindlers, and Ne’er-Do-Wells: A New York Family Album,” by Dan Barry in … Continue reading

February 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

HOLMES’ FUTURE SHOCK

ALVIN TOFFLER wrote Future Shock in 1970, but certainly Sherlock Holmes experienced the late-Victorian/Edwardian equivalent of this disruption caused by accelerated change. Here are several examples. The Telephone. During much … Continue reading

January 12, 2018 · 1 Comment

HOLMES RESIDUALS

I SUSPECT it was chronicler Dr. John H. Watson who taught Sherlock Holmes the value of branding, of selling marketers on his reputation as the world’s greatest detective, and then … Continue reading

December 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

HOLMES AND THE ARTS PART 2

SHERLOCK HOLMES’ artistic streak surfaced regularly, and not just when he idly bowed his Stradivarius while pondering a consulting detective conundrum. Yesterday here, Michael Hardwick’s The Guide to Sherlock Holmes … Continue reading

October 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

HOLMES AND THE ARTS PART 1

SHERLOCK HOLMES is remembered for his cold unassailable logic. However, the world’s greatest consulting detective also had an artistic side. Indeed, name another shamus who played his own Stradivarius. What … Continue reading

October 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

HOLMES’ (AND OUR) SCOTLAND YARDS, PART 2

BY 1887, the Metropolitan Police ran out of room in its original Scotland Yard, even with expansion to buildings near its No. 4 Whitehall location. New headquarters, logically named New … Continue reading

September 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

HOLMES’ (AND OUR) SCOTLAND YARDS—ALL OF THEM, PART 1

SHERLOCK HOLMES and we recognize Scotland Yard as exemplifying London’s Metropolitan Police. But describing the whereabouts of this place makes for a three-pipe problem, even for the world’s greatest consulting … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · Leave a comment