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BLINDED TRIALS: Was Edgar Allan Poe’s Genius One of His Devising, or Our Own?

First, a concession: My dislike of Edgar Allan Poe’s writing style — the visceral, physical cringing I feel when reading his poems and stories — is likely a testament to that style’s phenomenal success. The dreary, gothic, broad strokes that paint each line are to me a cliche, one that hearkens to every bad poem read to me in over-earnest tones by sophomoric students back in the day when I, too, could be counted as one of their kind.

You likely know what I mean.

You’re reading a poem someone you have a crush on wrote, and it’s about a death, and there’s a scary tree, and it’s rather obvious that the tree represents death because the poet you have a crush on lacks the subtlety to do anything but telegraph the allusion with a jackhammer, and then at the very end of the poem the poet you have a crush on inexplicably sees the need to actually switch to dramatic all-caps and announce “AND THEN I KNEW THAT THE TREE ITSELF WAS DEATH!” And then the poet you have a crush on looks at you intensely with slightly tearing eyes, and asks you what you thought, and you concentrate so very hard on your facial muscles not to give away the actual answer to that very question.

We’ve all been there.

From: Was Edgar Allan Poe’s Genius One of His Devising, or Our Own? – Blinded Trials II


POETS Day: Poe, Poe, Pitiful Me

If you play Wordle and started with Poe you’d be more than half an Edgar Allen towards success if the word was actually “poetry.”

year in movies

The Year in Movies, As Of Right Now

I, being the Nerd of the People, want to talk about the year in movies; the nine best and the three worst movies this year so far

Linky Friday

Linky Friday: Not Great, Bob Edition

Linky Friday, Ordinary Times tradition of links and stories from around the web plus every you might have missed from week that was.


Integralists: America’s Would-be Theocrats

If Integralism sounds like fascism, well, that’s because it sounds like fascism. Integralists should be treated as such, as well as its advocates

U.S. v. Nixon

The Great Cases: United States v. Nixon

U.S. v. Nixon was, beyond doubt, the most consequential decision Burger ever wrote and probably the most politically consequential decision between Brown v. Board of Education and Bush v. Gore.