Any interest that a student or adult that has in Sherlock Holmes is a valid interest. I don’t know of a single Sherlockian that I agree with 100%. One of my closest Sherlockian friends thinks this is a great movie!
I think we can all agree that the Sherlockian world would look very different today without the influence of John Bennet Shaw. By a show of hands, how many of you in the audience knew John Bennet Shaw? Imagine what this conference would look like without Shaw’s influence on those people here today.
Sherlockiana isn’t some stubborn institution of rigidity. Personally, I don’t want to be someone who won’t be open to a new experience because it is different from the ways things have always been done before. Sherlockians of all shapes and sizes should not only be welcomed, but recruited to join activities like what we are doing this weekend.
It can be very intimidating to think that everyone else in a group is smarter than you or knows much more of the history of a hobby you’re interested in. But I don’t want anyone to ever feel that way when it comes to enjoying Sherlock Holmes.
While I haven’t done a statistical analysis of Baker Street Journal articles comparing those categories, I will say that in 1944 Christopher Morley edited a book titled “Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, A Textbook of Friendship.” And if friendship and community are good enough for Christopher Morley, it’s good enough for me.