»A riddle: What does Captain Ahab have in common with Sherlock Holmes?
Answer: Both characters were created by writers who sailed on whaling vessels, who knew firsthand the heft of a harpoon, the bite of raging gales and the blisters raised by oars.«
Dangerous Work: Diary of an Arctic Adventure reproduces Arthur Conan Doyle’s handwritten journal and illustrations from his time on an Arctic whaler in 1880. The diary, edited by Jon Lellenberg and Daniel Stashower, has just been published by The University of Chicago Press and Bill Streever reviews the book at The New York Times.
»Stone’s personal travails are far less interesting than his scientific insights, but the digressions of this type are thankfully brief. He’s at his best in a lab coat and goggles, looking at magic from a physicist’s point of view. “Like physics,” he tells us, “magic is all about nerds playing god with the universe.”«
Daniel Stashower about Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks & the Hidden Powers of the Mind by Alex Stone. His review at washingtonpost.com
Wunderschön! Der dpr war nicht nur auf der Buchmesse, er hat auch einen wunderschönen Zettel bei den beobachtenden Detektiven angeklebt:
„In den USA Leute wie Daniel Stashower, „The beautiful cigar girl. Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the invention of murder.“ Informativ, konzentriert. In Deutschland? Akademische Kacke oder peinliches Liebhabergewäsch (Ausnahmen, ja, aber wenige).“
So, und warum freut mich das jetzt so? Darum.