Morning Coffee – 13 May 2019

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning.

  • The ACLU is suing the state of Rhode Island over a tax exemption that applies to all creatives except non-fiction writers
  • Shreya Vikram argues that Hemingway’s advice is outdated.
  • The inspiration for Sherlock Holmes may have been a Scottish forensic scientist named Littlejohn. There’s a theory he was never credited during his life out of concern that the publicity would interfere with his work.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

1 Comment

  1. VR Gaming13 May, 2019

    Hello Nate. Excellent selection, thanks. The name was changed to Sherlock, presumably due to a cricketer who had the same name. Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Holmes, was a fan of this game, and the name Sherlock stuck in his memory. The writer himself was an avid cricketer. Between 1899 and 1907, Arthur participated in ten matches for the Marylbonne Cricket Club. Given that Baker Street is located in the Marylbon District of London, the connection is obvious. In any case, not all the time. In fact, it will be technically correct to say that he uses a logical technique called abduction. The difference between deduction and abduction is that the latter is based primarily on a conclusion made from observation, which may not always be true. In deduction, the logical conclusion drawn from the data provided will always be correct. Given that Holmes is always right, one should recognize his method of deduction, despite some illogicality.


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