Could this be how Holmes found Watson?

I guess the both of them were, um, confirmed bachelors.



Spotted: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Growing up, I loved reading the tales spun by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.  The mystery and intrigue drew me in and was tempered only by my oscillating feelings of whether Holmes was a misunderstood genius or just an asshole with a knack for observation.  When I saw this title on the train the other day, it reminded me of Sherlock Holmes.  Many of Doyle’s short stories have similar titles.

Turns out I was playing right into the hands of the evil Professor Moriarty author Mark Haddon, whose protagonist, an autistic teenager, actually loves the logical Sherlock Holmes and brings to mind he of the The Seven-Per-Cent Solution himself.  So, good title there Mr. Haddon.  With one glance you had me on 221B Baker Street.

Spotted: Sherlock Holmes on the N-Judah

The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes

Or at least one of the various collections of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s short stories that has been published involving the good Mr. Holmes.  I read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes as a kid, and I remember being absolutely intrigued by the twisting plots, sinister characters, and the very bleak canvas of London Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used as a backdrop for Holmes’ capers.  Holmes was a very different kind of crime fighting hero than the comic book characters I grew up with.  He used his brain rather than his brawn(*FN1), and he was often an arrogant jerk, and sometimes a seven-percent-solution-cocaine-fueled jerk:

not exactly Captain America.

And, much like periodicals, perhaps short stories are a good choice for morning MUNI rides; I imagine you could finish the one about gingers The Read Headed League during a daily commute.

FN1:  The fight scene from the recent film with Robert Downey Jr. notwithstanding.  Jeremy Brett will always be Sherlock Holmes for me (see video above), and he came as close to perfecting a literary character that your author has ever seen.