In Poe’s view, the interior of the English apartment is the pinnacle of good taste. Everything else is hardly tolerable.
Once upon a morning dreary, I left Brooklyn with eyes bleary, Wearily I took the subway to a poet’s old forgotten home. In 1844, Edgar Allan Poe and his young wife Virginia moved to New York City. It was Poe’s second time living in the city and just one of many homes for the peripatetic […]
Painters, sculptors and musicians have long since found inspiration in the complex movement of thirty-two pieces across a chessboard. But writers too have found inspiration in the 64 square battlefield. Perhaps none moreso than Charles Lutwidge Dodgson aka Lewis Carroll aka the writer of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What […]
[Robert W. Tebbs, photographic survey of a Louisiana Plantation (1926); via] I’m currently reading William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! It’s a incredible book. A visceral portrait of a haunted, Civil War era American South. I haven’t finished it yet, so this post is pretty much spoiler-free, but I was so impressed with the depictions of the […]
Apparently, one of my favorite writers, Michael Chabon, author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, had at one point intended to write a book about an architect (among other things) From today’s Writer’s Almanac: He started working on his second novel. He had seen a picture of the […]