Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Whatever floats your boat

So, apparently some people are really into their Edgar Allen Poe.  And into historical reenactments.  And have too much time on their hands.  (Or too much money.  Spread the love!)

Really, though, I have nothing against Poe.  The man scared the bejeepers out of me with The Telltale Heart in whichever grade it was we read it.

But seriously?  Commissioning a wax replica of the man so you can have a viewing?

The dude's been dead for a century or more!

It's just one of those things that strikes me as infinitely odd.  And yet, everyone has their interests and this is definitely something that would set a person apart from the uninteresting masses.

I'm not bitter about anything.  Why do you ask?


  1. That's pretty cool, actually. I mean, I get it's a lot, but I think it's neat that they're taking the time to show respect for him. I knew about his death, but I didn't know about all the stuff with his funeral and body. Weird, yes, but neat, in a way.

    I think the only part that was like, whoa, with me was the actors portraying other poets and people from his time. That would be a little too much for me.

  2. Well, it is strange, but Poe was kind of a strange dude. So, he just might appreciate it.

  3. It is a weird idea, but then... why not!?! Sounds like his first funeral was a bit of an insult to both the man and the author.

    I looked at the cranky obituary by Rufus and - OUCH! Maybe this time, the words will be kinder and without the angry bias.

    Cheers, Jill

  4. like you say, "What ever floats your boat." :)

  5. That's sort of weird and wonderful all at the same time...

  6. It's all just a tribute to the wonderful diversity that is the world we live in.

  7. Ah life is so wonderfully odd at times!

    Kate xx

  8. If you don't want to go to the funeral to view a mock-up corpse, you can go to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where they have preserved Poe's dorm room (minus the body) as a tiny museum with a glass front you can peer into. That's as close as I want to get, TELL TALE HEART creeped me out too.

  9. It truly is, Kate.

    I didn't know that, Liza. At least it wouldn't be creepy like the Sherlock Holmes museum in London. At 221b Baker Street they've done up the apartment like Doyle describes in the Holmes stories. And they've got all these wax replicas of villains and crimes from the stories. It's a tad creepy.


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