Friday, October 22, 2010

Elementary, my dear Watson

In his latest incarnation, Holmes inhabits the 21st Century

An exhibition is on display in St. Paul - a new PBS program begins this Sunday and Sherlock Holmes, the totally cool Robert Downey Junior film is now available on DVD.

So - what's the deal?

Think about our economy.  Think about our relationship to law and order.  Do you see any similarities with  these early days of the 21st Century and the 19th?

And why this fictional character now?

As you consider the above, think of this as well.  The popularizing of the vampire myths and the elevation of ghouls to glamor.  What do you think?  Is there a relationship between our love of Sherlock and our love of pure schlock?

If you're a Holmes fan, tell us why.  If you're a vampire lover, share your opinions.

Something's happening here. What it is ain't exactly clear.

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