... you begin to feel that a wiser man would have spent less time complaining about the shadow cast by Sherlock Holmes and more time feverishly thanking the literary gods for its existence. For in its absence, who would notice, let alone publish, humdrum notes like these?(Which reminds me of the This Train lyric, "The One-Hit Wonders laugh at us / 'Cause at least they had a hit".) If there is a lesson in all this, it seems to be pray for that one hit -- and if, God willing, that happens, swim with the current ... not against it.
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