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The new BSJ 
The Spring 2011 issue of the Baker Street Journal has arrived on our doorstep. This is Vol. 61 No. 1 and it's a significant one. If you're a regular subscriber (if you're not, you need to get thee to the subscription page now - this is The. Definitive. Publication.), you may have noticed that over the last couple of years, there have been some changes afoot. We announced the arrival of the perfect binding last May with "Perfectly Fresh" [SPEC].

The more noticeable change over this same time period has been the rotating images on the cover. Previously, the BSJ simply had the profile of Sherlock Holmes as drawn by Frederick Dorr Steele. But each new piece of cover art has been selected to support the content of each issue. And with the current issue, we can see a very marked difference in the cover of the Journal.

This is the first time a color image has been used on the Baker Street Journal.

The image is the famous struggle between Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty, who battled each other over the Reichenbach Falls. For those of us who are accustomed to seeing Sidney Paget's work in black and white, this color version is quite arresting: Holmes's charcoal grey suit against the black of Moriarty's; the tufts of green grass on the edge of the narrow path; and the blue backdrop of the falls behind them as they struggle.

The reason this particular image was chose for the Spring 2011 issue is that Jim Zych's winning entry in the BSI's 2010 Essay Contest ("How Moriarty Survived the Reichenbach Falls") appears, along with a plethora of coverage from the Baker Street Irregulars weekend. In addition, you can take a look at Nicholas Utechin's recounting of the first reading of Ronald Knox's seminal paper "Studies in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes" - did it take place at the Gryphon Club, as we long believed? Paul Singleton takes a look at the curious lot of Americans that made their way into the Canon.

All this and more are in the current issue of the BSJ, which you can read if you subscribe now. It's only $37.50 a year in the U.S.; $47.50 elsewhere. If you do subscribe, please encourage at least one other person to do so as well. It's a fine publication that deserves more readers.

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