"such trifling details" [HOUN]
We hope you've had a chance to hear our nearly 12 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.
Over on Trifles (available on any podcasting service and at sherlockholmespodcast.com) we're doing something a trifle different: every Wednesday, we take about 15 minutes to 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 March shows.
March 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 we have a different closing quote on every episode.
Sherlock Holmes wasn't known for his poetic nature. He admonished Watson to "cut out the poetry" but he also waxed poetic about flowers in "The Naval Treaty." Pull up a chair and hear us discuss poetic moments and read a couple of poems about the stories in Poetry.
On to the next episode, where we enjoy a few rounds of Whist in our monthly feature of Sports and Games in the Canon. What was this game and how was it played? And how did it feature in stories like "The Empty House" and "The Devil's Foot"?
Our next regular monthly feature, International Sherlock Holmes, is a monthly look at various nationalities and countries in the Canon and how they impact the stories. This month, it's Irish and Sherlock Holmes, and that takes us to America, naturally (?).
And we wrap up the month of March with one of the mysteries of the ages, as we try to determine Who Then, Was Porlock? as suggested by Sherlock Holmes in The Valley of Fear. We share a number of theories from Sherlockians over the years.
A Question for YouHow are we doing so far? Is there anything that's been burning your mind about the stories that you think we should discuss? 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.