Sherlock Holmes

Watch Arthur Conan Doyle Explain How He Invented Sherlock Holmes
May 21, 2014

An amazing little video in which Doyle mocks his own creation.

Literary Fan Fiction: John Banville Does Raymond Chandler
March 17, 2014

At what point does a work of supposed literary merit simply become fan fiction?

This Is What Happens When Historians Overuse the Idea of the Network
October 25, 2013

In the so-called “global turn” in contemporary historiography, it has not been enough simply to study the way Western powers have affected the rest of the world. The task has also been to show how the rest of the world affected the West. And it has been a matter of applying, even to quite distant historical periods, the controlling metaphor of the digital age: the “network.” Yet a remarkable amount is absent as well.

Sherlock Holmes, the Superhero
November 08, 2010

A battle rages within many college students of my acquaintance between a certain bravado meant to signal there’s nothing they don’t know and a looming suspicion there’s nothing they do. It’s the same battle that rages in the rest of us, but with age we grow more adept at concealing it.