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While I do believe that after the Canon of Holy Writ and before Father Knox there were other canons, such as Shakespeare's, referred to as such, the sixty stories of ACD are the entirety of Sherlock Holmes and everything else is pastiche.
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More From Small Claims Court,  324 Main Street, Peoria, Illinois

Judge:  Mr. Pagan, do you watch  Elementary?
Pagan: Yes.
Judge: Mr. Pagan, did you say on July 6, 2012, "You see? I could rail on for hours about how much I hate the show, based on the minutes we’ve been shown so far. “Give it a chance,” one might advise. “Wait until you’ve actually seen a whole episode!”  But no, this isn’t about chances, logic, or sense." And: "The more I hate Elementary, the more I find myself drawn to watch the damned thing."
Pagan: Yes.
Judge: On September 3, 2012 did you say: "In truth, if I could find the big switch at CBS to shut the thing down unseen, I would give it a hard yank into the off position. Like one of those Bond villains who takes it upon himself to kill off half the world’s population for some noble cause, I have become just that against this Sherlock about to be born."
Pagan:: Yes.
Judge: And this was before the show aired?
Pagan: Yes.
Judge: So before the show even aired, you claimed to hate Elementary?
Pagan: Well, yes.
Judge: And since the show has aired, you've watched it and have hated it?
Pagan: Yes! It's terrible! It's bad Sherlock Holmes!
Judge: Please look over at the Plaintiff's table. Who do you see?
Pagan: It's empty, your Honor. There's no one there.
Judge: So would you say that if anybody called you a hate-watcher of Elementary, it would be after you made that claim yourself, in fact, even before the first episode aired?
Pagan: But it's bad, your Honor! It's the worst piece of Sherlockian drivel ever to have existed!  I'd rather watch Matt Frewer on an endless video loop for a thousand years than watch Mr. Elementary. I'd rather have my eyes burned out by hot bent steel pokers than watch---
Judge: Just answer, yes or no, Mr. Pagan.
Pagan: Yes.
Judge: So that if anyone called you a hate-watcher of Elementary, that would be after you declared yourself  to be a hate-watcher of Elementary?
Pagan: Well...
Judge: Yes or no, Mr. Pagan!
Pagan: Yes.
Judge: As there is no Plaintiff in this case, I find for the Defendant. Case dismissed.
Pagan: I won! I won! I'm not a hate-watcher! Elementary is bad! The court has so decreed! I won!

Good night, Kendall J. Pagan, wherever you are. Congratulations on your momentous victory which I'm sure all your fans are celebrating.
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Very small claims court, indeed.
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Basil Chap is offering some of his original Sherlockian artwork for sale. Tell him James sent you.
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As cranky-old-man syndrome settles in for our favorite Peorian curmudgeon wistfully remembering the days when a great TV PI like Mannix drove a cool car and punched people and solved the same crimes as Cannon, Magnum, PI, Barnaby Jones, Peter Gunn, and on the radio Sam Spade, Philo Vance, Richard Diamond, etc., did decades before him and as professionally published pastiches can't hold a candle to omegaverse fanfic and as podcasts detailing graphic speculation on fictional characters sexcapades is cutting edge scholarship, one has to wonder: "What does all this have to do with Sherlock Holmes? Nothing, of course. Not a darn thing." Except for that punching bag he created back in the summer of '12 which now has a hold of him like an opiod fever dream he can't shake.
 
As November 5 approaches, will he be able to avoid that shooting gallery? Rehab is forever and not a game. I truly wish you well.
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Go figure.
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A much longer clip, but still not the full panel, at nycc 2015--no Jonny Lee Miller.
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Coming soon from Kendall J. Pagan and Krampus Tee Shirts, the Sherlockian Pagan tees.
SHERLOCKIAN PAGAN ... at least it's not The Abominable Bride ©
SHERLOCKIAN PAGAN #bombs #bombs_with_off_switches_are_the_new_sexy ©
SHERLOCKIAN PAGAN ... my other blog is a near-overdose Mind Palace, too ©
SHERLOCKIAN PAGAN ... pan-Holmesian tolerance since---Oh ... wait ... ©

You've been quiet for too long Kendall!
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A Sherlockian Holiday Tradition Since 2015
I was inspired by a post last year on the Sherlock Holmes Society of St. Charles blog and this year John Foster has done me the honor of posting my parody "The Adventure of the Fur-Trimmed Hat".
The Adventure of the Fur-Trimmed Hat By James C. O’Leary I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes on Christmas Eve, with the intention of wishing him the compliments of the season. He was lounging upon the sofa in a ch...
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Brad Keefauver's latest example of poor Sherlockian homeschooling.
"I was reading a review of some published Johnlock fanfic by one of my male Sherlockian peers, who expressed that same curiosity that most of us boys have about the genre. (As in, "What the . . .?") And then I watched the past week's episode of South Park, in which two of the boys found themselves being drawn in a gay Japanese romance art created by girls for girls . . . which made one immediately think of actors Freeman and Cumberbatch. And as I watched the lads, Craig and Tweak, coming up with their own solution to the problem, it came to me: The conservative Sherlockian male's fanfic counter-move."  The conceptual problem Brad has is obvious in that paragraph---he doesn't know the difference between Sherlock Holmes and actors-in-roles.

Sherlock Holmes is that guy created by Arthur Conan Doyle and written about in the the 60 stories that compromise the entirety of the Canon. Benedict Cumberbatch--not Sherlock Holmes. In fact no actor who ever played the part is or was Sherlock Holmes. That complete Doubleday, or that Baring-Gould two-volume Annotated or Klinger three-volume New Annotated that I know you have hanging around the house, that's where Sherlock Holmes is. Those DVDs of the first three series of BBC Sherlock, there is no Sherlock Holmes there, just an actor playing a part in scripts written by people who are not Arthur Conan Doyle.

So, TV show fans who who write sexual fantasies about actors-in-roles-which-were-created-by-screenwriters don't interest me as a Sherlockian, because it's not about Sherlock Holmes. I'm sure there is some well-written fanfic out there and I'm sure some TV show fans enjoy reading it. More power to them, I say, but it's not for me

See, I learned from my teachers at School Sherlockiana that those 56 short stories and four novel by Doyle were Sherlock Holmes. Those four short stories by Doyle called "the Apocrypha"---not Sherlock Holmes; Vincent Starrett's "The Adventure of the Unique Hamlet"---not Sherlock Holmes; The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes by Adrian Conan Doyle---not Sherlock Holmes; The Seven Per-Cent Solution by Nicholas Meyer---not Sherlock Holmes. I could go on listing what isn't Sherlock Holmes, but I'm sure you get the jist.

Doyle's genius has inspired generations of talented artists and no doubt will continue to inspire generations more. "And people wonder why I seem to be supporting the endless creativity we're seeing in Johnlock, etc., fiction these days." Nothing wrong with it. Bully for you. I'm just wondering why  you're confusing fanfic, sexually explicit or otherwise, about TV show actors portraying parts created by contemporary middle-aged British scriptwriters with Sherlock Holmes. Yes, I know the roles the actors are playing share the names of Doyle's creations, but you must know the difference of acting and reality?
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 I hope someone posts the whole panel talk at nycc 2015. For now here's Lucy Liu.
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