The Huff Post has examined bromances in literature, noting carefully, “We don’t include any in this list who are actually romantically involved (such as Sebastian and Charles in Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited) as those don’t differentiate from romances. This list is reserved for BFFs only, not lovers!“
I’m not sure everyone defines the slang that way, but whatever…
Number 10 on their list is Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, but they don’t mention the current Dr. Watson’s rather plaintive cry “I AM NOT GAY!”
The two lived together for a time, and they also solved mysteries together. Watson is the perfect match for Sherlock’s sometimes abrasive, Type-A behavior. Also, Watson is the person who actually records all of Holmes’s triumphs. All but four of the Sherlock Holmes tales are told by Watson, who is outraged that Holmes doesn’t get more recognition in the press. He also deals with what a jerk Holmes is rather well. What a good friend!
21 things you didn’t know about Sherlock
As season 3 of the BBC series begins, here are 21 things you may not know about Sherlock, Ross Jones tells us in The Telegraph.
For example, not everybody appreciated Irene Adler’s nudity and the BBC got more than 100 complaints.
Some Sherlock purists objected on different grounds. Irene Adler as conceived by Conan Doyle it was argued in blog after blog, was a formidable woman of honor, who would never allow herself to become a pawn of Moriarty, or to fall for Holmes after showing him her breasts
Arthur Conan Doyle: 19 things you didn’t know
Writing in The Telegraph, Rachel Ward tells us what we may not know about Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. For example, he embraced football, fairies and public feuds.
And did you know he wasn’t knighted for creating Sherlock, or any of his fiction? In 1902, he was knighted for his work on a non-fiction pamphlet regarding the Boer War.
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How fiction can change us
One man realizes how great fiction revitalizes us, Kevin Hartnett reports in The Millions.
10 books that will change the way you understand the mind
A new wave of science fiction, from the TV show Person of Interest to the movie Her, features artificial intelligences whose minds are truly alien, Annalee Newitz writes on io9. These AIs have plural selves, or many identities running in parallel; they are basically hive minds within one consciousness. But this idea of a hive mind has a long history in scifi literature. Here are ten tales to explode your brain with minds made up of selves, rather than a single self.
Mind of My Mind, by Octavia Butler is a particularly good example. The people in Butler’s incredible Patternmaster series have psychic powers — but unless they are linked together by a guiding “patternmaster,” they basically go insane. In Mind of My Mind, a patternmaster is born in the ghettos of Los Angeles during the 1970s and discovers her power by linking her mind to others like herself. Eventually, she amasses a small army of formerly homeless and schizophrenic mind-controllers, healers, and other psychics who are able to secretly take control of the city. Butler’s vision of the hive mind is more like a network. Each person in it retains a separate identity, but can’t function without remaining connected to the whole.
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