Wednesday, April 1, 2020

“my heart jumped so with joy” [STUD]   


We commonly see clients who come to Sherlock Holmes riddled with despair and grief. But if we look closely enough, we can also find happiness and sheer joy in the Canon.

The Sherlock Holmes stories contain the full range of human emotion, from anger to relief and from  anguish to jubilance. The more we looked for the upbeat, the more we found. It's just a Trifle.



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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

“helped a little to fill up the gap of loneliness and isolation” [MAZA]   


There are many tragic figures in the Sherlock Holmes stories, and more than a handful are lonely or isolated in some way. This is either features in their predicament or gives us a better understanding of their personality.

As many of us may be entering a period of isolation or loneliness now, we thought it was an apt topic to discuss. It's just a Trifle.

Bonus: We recorded this live while on video, and you can find the link below.



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Saturday, March 21, 2020

"The two friends chatted in intimate converse" [LAST]



We've hosted the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast since 2007 and the companion podcast Trifles since 2016. They're both available on most podcast streaming services.

This is an audio affair, recorded in separate locations. We connect via Uberconference or Skype, and talk to each other and our guests, then edit and upload the file to an audio-hosting service. Just like they do at NPR.

But since "the world went all awry," we thought we might shake things up a bit.

There's been a rise in people working from home and there have been shelter-in-place notices in many places across the country and the world, thanks to the spread of COVID-19. This kind of isolation can be jarring and even cause depression.

As a result, we'd like to open our world up to you!




On Monday, March 23 at 1:00 pm EDT, we will be streaming a live video recording of Trifles on our Facebook Page and YouTube channel.

That's right, the team that has faces made for radio is going to offer you a glimpse behind the scenes, where you can watch us do our thing.

From your mobile device or your computer, just click on either of those links above and it will take you to those locations.

You'll be able to watch and listen along, plus you'll be able to leave comments and ask questions in the comment section under the video in either location.

The topic for discussion will be: Loneliness and Isolation in the Canon.


So do your research, get your questions ready, and join us on Monday at 1:00 pm EDT on Facebook or YouTube.

It's just a Trifle!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

“Watson, the fair sex is your department” [SECO]  


There was a scandal in Sherlockian circles in the early 1940s. Author Rex Stout, BSI ("The Boscombe Valley Mystery"), creator of Nero Wolfe, after careful research, determined that Watson was a woman. He presented his facts in the Saturday Review of Literature and let them sit.

They didn't sit well with all Sherlockians, and Julian Wolff, BSI ("The Red-Headed League") took up his pen to offer a retort in "That Was No Lady." Both essays appeared in Edgar W. Smith's Profile By Gaslight, and we discussed them in our monthly feature "Mr. Sherlock Holmes the Theorist" episode. It's just a Trifle.



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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

“I made every disposition of my property before leaving England” [EMPT]  


After Holmes "died" at the Reichenbach Falls, wouldn't people have looked for a funeral or memorial service? Watson, in particular, would have expected to assist in such an arrangement.

As next of kin, Mycroft would have been expected to handle it, but that would have put him in an awkward position. If he was reluctant, that would have seemed suspect; but if he did, he knew how mischievous his younger brother could be, possibly disguising himself and witnessing his own funeral. What happened here? It's just a trifle.



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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

“he contracted some loathsome disease” [YELL]  


Dr. Watson was a general practitioner, and one "with very limited experience and mediocre qualifications," as Holmes blurted out in "The Dying Detective." It's the reason he called for a specialist in rare diseases.

With global news being filled with talk of coronavirus, we thought it might be the perfect time to reflect on what we know about infectious diseases in the Sherlock Holmes stories. It's just a trifle.



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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

“work which will cut deep at the very foundations” [GOLD] 


"The Adventure of the Norwood Builder" first appeared in print in 1903 as part of The Return of Sherlock Holmes. It was the second story in the collection, after Sherlock Holmes was resurrected from what many thought was a watery grave.

We can forgive the muddled minds of the time then, for missing a couple of key points in "The Norwood Builder." Key points that, had Holmes been on his game, would have given the whole charade away. It's just a trifle.


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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

“I saw the American stamp” [DANC] 


For all of his familiarity with American cities, American police forces, American language and attire, Sherlock Holmes may very well have been American.

A number of scholars have taken up the argument, including Christopher Morley in his famous essay. Even President Franklin Roosevelt tried his hand at it. It's just a trifle.



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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

“the City and Suburban Bank, the Vegetarian Restaurant” [REDH] 


We have plenty of instances of animal flesh on the side-board, whether it's a couple of brace of grouse, Henry Baker's Christmas goose, or a joint of beef.

There was one lone vegetarian restaurant mentioned in the Canon. It had a real-life inspiration. But what else do we know about vegetarianism in Victorian times? It's just a trifle.



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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

“should not gossip about there being a black child in the neighborhood.” [YELL] 


Steve Dixie in "The Three Gables," Lucy Hebron in "The Yellow Face," and the unnamed mulatto in "Wisteria Lodge" are notable black people in the Canon. Actually, they're the only ones. What does this say about Arthur Conan Doyle's attitude and treatment toward them?

We know about the shocking way he chose to portray Steve Dixie – at least shocking by our standards. What were prevailing attitudes of the day? And how does Conan Doyle fare? It's just a trifle.


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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

“I had only one confidant—my brother Mycroft.” [EMPT] 


Why did Mycroft put himself in harm's way for Sherlock Holmes when the latter faced his arch-nemesis Professor Moriarty? Mycroft put Sherlock up for a night, drove the brougham that took Watson to Waterloo, and kept the rooms up at 221B during the hiatus that ensued.

But why didn't Moriarty go after Mycroft? What made him think that "the British government" didn't know about his activities? We explore the role of Mycroft Holmes in "The Final Problem." It's more than a trifle.


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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

“enormous sums of money” [SILV]  


Here's one of those things that lends itself to the title of this podcast. We were thinking about Professor Moriarty and his ignominious fall from grace. After he left the university where he was Mathematical Chair, he came to London, where he became an army coach.

Army coach? That brought a number of things to mind. But surprisingly little has been written about it. We explore this trifle and reach a couple of reasonable conclusions.


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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

“As to your dates, that is the biggest mystification of all.” [CREE]  


With Season 4, we're starting a new monthly series that we're calling "Mr. Sherlock Holmes the Theorist." Each month, we'll be taking a look at what some early Sherlockian scholars had to say about certain trifling elements in the Sherlock Holmes stories.

In this case, we're looking at "The Date of The Sign of Four" from H.W. Bell's Baker Street Studies, first published in 1934. Bell wrote one of the earliest chronologies of the Canon. Was he right? It's just a trifle.


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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

“cuisine is a little limited” [NAVA]  


We find a smattering of food references throughout the Sherlock Holmes stories. But which can be considered consummate British dishes?

We don't come across toad in the hole, bubble and squeak, or cock-a-leekie soup, but there are other meals that are considered British. And by more than the virtue of appearing in British stories. Which food might this be? It's more than a trifle.


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Scott Monty and Burt Wolder are both members of the Baker Street Irregulars, the literary society dedicated to Sherlock Holmes. They have co-hosted the popular show I Hear of Everywhere since June 2007.

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