Holmes (and Mary!) in the Big Apple
Iâ€™m off today to an unseasonably warm and peculiarly smelly New York, to deliver an address to the assembled Baker Street Irregulars. When Mary Russell first came to the public eye, they were not amused, and although I was embraced by some, many turned a shoulder decidedly cool, at this scribbling female who turned Holmes into a character of romanceâ€”and with a young girl, at that.
Time mellows, and also gives reassurance that LRK is not writing romance or thinly disguised porn. Few Sherlockians lack a sense of humor, which helps. So I grasp my lecture, the first time Iâ€™ve delivered a talk from paper in I donâ€™t know how many years (high school speech class under Mr. Russau?) It will appear in the Baker Street Journal, and I will ask if I might let it be added to, or at least linked to from, the site, for your entertainment.
Have to say, Iâ€™ve had fun writing a tongue-in-cheek academic paper.
I probably wonâ€™t be reporting in, as Iâ€™m only on the ground there for two days, but Iâ€™ll let you know next week how it goes. And if any of the faithful brought overripe tomatoes to the lecture.