I am reading Sherlock Holmes (The Complete Sherlock Holmes) for the very first time. It’s awkward holding the book on my lap in bed, even on a pillow; it weighs 3-1/2 pounds. Jerry figured out for me that comes to 371 pages per pound. I’m reading slowly, savoring, but it will be very satisfying to list that one as read when I’m through. A classic.
On Sunday nights, we watch Sherlock (after we watch the Downton Soap).
Arthur Conan Doyle’s works have had a profound effect on various disciplines. One documentary pointed out that you can study the entire history of film through just watching all the different versions of Sherlock Holmes. Another documentary compared 19th century crime-solving methods with 21st, pointing out all the ways in which Holmes was the first forensic scientist.
I myself, in a modest way, am trying to apply Sherlock’s trouble-shooting methods to practical situations in my daily life. Observe. Extrapolate. Repeat. (See yesterday’s post.)
If it hasn’t already been done someone should do a book on Sherlock like Frederick Crews did on Winnie the Pooh in The Pooh Perplex: A Freshman Casebook, examining the character from every psychological perspective, comparing and contrasting his various selves. Examining his views and influence from perspectives literary, feminist, postmodern, Marxist, Aristotelian, and New Critical. And comparing the film versions with Sir Arthur’s stories in print. As Crew says of the protagonist in his book, “proper elucidation requires the combined efforts of several academicians of varying critical persuasions.”
In keeping with our Sherlock theme, Jerry made us Eggs Benedict Cumberbatch for breakfast.