Archive for May 2017

Last night I dreamt I wrote about first sentences again

Last night I dreamt I wrote about first sentences again
I’ve been meaning to write about favorite, effective first sentences of novels and stories I enjoy. Last night, my re-reading of the shorter Sherlock Holmes stories reached “The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax,” and I read ” ‘But why Turkish?’ asked Mr. Sherlock Holmes, gazing fixedly at my boots.” (From “The Disappearance of Lady Frances... Read more »

The tale of John Thomas: a birthday tribute to Arthur Conan Doyle

The tale of John Thomas: a birthday tribute to Arthur Conan Doyle
In 1880, as a 21-year-old medical student, Arthur Conan Doyle was working as a ship’s surgeon on a whaler in the Arctic when he adopted a sea snail as a pet. In honor of Doyle’s birthday (May 22, 1859), I present what he wrote in the ship’s log, which (eventually!) became the book “Dangerous Work: Diary... Read more »

'The Sign of Four' plus two (or Reading Holmes with my own characters)

'The Sign of Four' plus two (or Reading Holmes with my own characters)
My latest re-reading of the complete Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has posed a new problem for me. In 2010, the previous time I was re-reading the whole “canon” of stories, I was a few months away from taking a character from one of my own stories, Daisy MacDonald, and presenting her with... Read more »
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My neighbor works there ... and there...

My neighbor works there ... and there...
I’ve noticed something interesting since I gave away the “Love Thy Neighbor” badge recently. I didn’t learn its new custodian’s name, so I have started to think of the corner store where he works as the place where “my neighbor” works. But so is the store on the other corner. So are the competing drugstores around... Read more »

'My Fair Lady' and Chicago's accent

'My Fair Lady' and Chicago's accent
“People stop and stare; they don’t bother me, For there’s nowhere else on earth that I would rather be” — from “On the Street Where You Live” in Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” I have written elsewhere about how much I enjoy the musical “My Fair Lady,” and how a speech some people miss... Read more »

Love thy neighbor: How the badge moved on

Love thy neighbor: How the badge moved on
For my 250th post, there’s good news: I’ve found a new owner for my “Love Thy Neighbor” badge. (To catch up on its story, read my first post about it here.) I was visiting my favorite of the corner stores near my Edgewater apartment when the young man behind the counter noticed the badge on... Read more »
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