“I’m working on this book on the trial of Socrates. It started out with the idea of the problem of freedom of thought…and expression…I started by spending a year on the English Seventeenth Century Revolutions, and I had a fascinating time. And then I felt I couldn’t understand the English Seventeenth Century Revolutions without understanding the Reformation. When I got to the Reformation, I felt that I had to understand the premonitory movements that began in the Middle Ages. When I got there, I felt I had to understand the classical period.” – journalist I.F. Stone in his late 70s (quoted in Andrew Patner, I. F. Stone: A Portrait, p. 21)
Recently, I rewatched the first episode of the first series of the BBC series Sherlock, A Study in Pink. It’s loosely based on A.C. Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet. I’m an avid Sherlockian and have been eager to revisit some of the older episodes.
The episode was originally broadcast just over six years ago and I’m happy to report that it stands the “try it again in a few years” test. The introduction of Mycroft is masterful and will probably never grow old. The appeal of this episode was also heightened due to the fact that I am almost finished a book on forensics.
Here are some further resources which viewers (and potential viewers) of A Study in Pink may find fascinating:
- BBC One Page
- Wikia’s page on A Study in Pink
- John Waton’s blog post on A Study In Pink
- The PBS Synopsis
- A Trailer
- A Collection of Quotes from the Episode
- An online discussion of the choice of bottles
A Study in Scarlet
(2 paper books, 1 ebook, 3 audio books)
- The Betterphoto Guide to Digital Nature Photography by Jim Miotke
- Boom! Voices of the Sixties Personal Reflections on the ’60s and Today by Tom Brokaw
- The Law and The Gospel by Ernie Reisinger
- The Cultivated Life: From Ceaseless Striving to Receiving Joy by Susan S. Phillips
- Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor/Hiroshima/9-11/Iraq by John W. Dower
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
“From his fairy-tale wall to his schoolyard bullying and his flirtation with violent racists, Donald Trump offers America a singular narrative – a tale of cowards. Fearful people, convinced of our inadequacy, trembling before a world alight with imaginary threats, crave a demagogue. Neither party has ever elevated to this level a more toxic figure, one that calls forth the darkest elements of our national character….Evasion and cowardice has prevailed over conscience. We are now, and shall indefinitely remain, the Party of Donald Trump.”
– Chris Ladd, Republican precinct committeeman in suburban Chicago who just resigned his post. See his entire letter.
(1 paper book, 3 ebooks, 3 audio books)
- Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
- The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck
- Reviving the Black Church: New Life for a Sacred Institution by Thabiti Anyabwile
- The Riverton Rifle: How Hockey Shaped My Life by Reggie Leach
- Awkward Family Photos by Mike Bender
- Oneida: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table by Ellen Wayland-Smith
- Given for You: Reclaiming Calvin’s Doctrine of the Lord’s Supper by Keith A. Mathison
Second Nature Journal has published my poem Fear.
(3 paper books, 0 ebooks, 4 audio books)
- Aristotle for Everybody by Mortimer J. Adler
- The Golden Key by George MacDonald
- Black Mischief by Evelyn Waugh
- Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
- The Well-Behaved Child: Discipline That Really Works! by John Rosemond
- Birds of Field & Shore: Grassland and Shoreline Birds of Eastern North America by John Eastman
- The Achievement Habit by Bernard Roth
Today, Second Nature Journal has featured my poem, Demagogue.