"a meer trifle, but the sort of thing you take interest in" [SECO]
We hope you've had a chance to hear our 11 year-long show, in which we interview notable Sherlockians who are doing their part to keep the memory of Sherlock Holmes green. The program I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere has evolved over the years, but we're on a steady cadence of long-form interviews on the 15th and 30th of every month.
But over on Trifles, we're doing something completely different: we have short discussions of about 15 minutes in length every week in which we talk about one or two issues that we've noticed within the Sherlock Holmes stories. It's an approach that we hope brings more people into our fold who are new to Sherlock Holmes and are fascinated with the details within the story, or who may have some questions about what they read.
And now, on with the recap of our July shows.
July UpdateIf you've listened to more than one episode of Trifles, just a word of caution: don't skip the intro or the final few seconds of each show! We vary the introductions and the closing quotes. You may be amused.
You'd think that we would have planned this episode for the rainier month of April, but no! Episode 79 - Umbrellas in the Canon had us discussing the various rain gear we happen across in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Interestingly enough, there were precious few umbrellas mentioned.
On to Episode 80, where we continued our monthly feature "Inside 221B" that looks at some of the physical objects we find in the flat at 221B Baker Street. This time, we investigated The Wax Bust that served Sherlock Holmes on more than one occasion. Or was it more than one bust?
Our next regular monthly feature, "Unpublished Cases," has to do with tales that didn't make it to the public. Episode 81 brings us some of Holmes's Early Clients that he named and hinted at.
And finally, in Episode 82, Sherlock Holmes's Underground Network takes us to the streets and seedier parts of London, to the unlikely sources that powered the consulting detective's long arm of the law.
A Question for YouDo you have burning questions you'd like answered? Or perhaps you just noticed something on your umpteenth reading of the Canon. We'd love your suggestions! Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add it to our queue of topics.
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If you'd like to learn more about Tom Richmond, the talented artist behind the show's logo, you can hear his story in Episode 65: Art in the Blood.