June 27, 2012
monodialogue:

laphamsquarterly:

For all his scientific flair, photography was one innovation Holmes never relied on. “As a rule,” Holmes tells Watson in “The Adventure of the Red-Headed League,” “when I have heard some slight indication of the course of events, I am able to guide myself by the thousands of other similar cases which occur to my memory.” Indeed, we tend to imagine Holmes as a camera in his own right, lensed with a magnifying glass, able to retain trace data (“trifles,” as he calls them) for cross-reference in some mental databank. He knows the eye can play tricks, and that witnesses can distort the facts of an otherwise rigorous investigation.
—Miles Klee on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Cottingley Faeries

Holmes isn’t wrong, you know.

monodialogue:

laphamsquarterly:

For all his scientific flair, photography was one innovation Holmes never relied on. “As a rule,” Holmes tells Watson in “The Adventure of the Red-Headed League,” “when I have heard some slight indication of the course of events, I am able to guide myself by the thousands of other similar cases which occur to my memory.” Indeed, we tend to imagine Holmes as a camera in his own right, lensed with a magnifying glass, able to retain trace data (“trifles,” as he calls them) for cross-reference in some mental databank. He knows the eye can play tricks, and that witnesses can distort the facts of an otherwise rigorous investigation.

Miles Klee on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Cottingley Faeries

Holmes isn’t wrong, you know.

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