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A Study in Revenge: Winking HyperHistorical Mimicry

As I began reading A Study in Revenge: A Novel by Kieran Shields, I was willing to overlook the literary mimicry of Arthur Conan Doyle. Archie Lean, a well-meaning workaday detective in the late 1800s who needs outside help to crack a case, is clearly a mix of Inspector Lestrade and John Watson. The dapper, [...]

This Is An Advertisement For Wine

This is an advertisement for wine…

and the Super Bowl is a way to encourage physical fitness…

and Lady Gaga has legitimate concerns that publishers aren’t allowing her to display her natural beauty…

and The Hunger Games provides an important critique of the way that our culture treats violence as a form of entertainment…

and [...]

Sherlock Holmes And The Case Of Robert Rauschenberg

Just as Sherlock Holmes needs Dr. Watson to function, perhaps Maria Konnikova could use a dash of Robert Rauschenberg to temper her mental discipline. [...]

Infuriating Sherlock Holmes

I very much enjoy the actors on the British TV show Sherlock Holmes, but the season 2 finale, broadcast tonight, infuriates me.

We see Sherlock Holmes cast himself off a building, and bludgeon his head in a bloody mess that no one could survive… but then at the end, we see Sherlock Holmes alive! But [...]