Super thrilled to have a short story in Vol.1 Brooklyn. “The Living Room” just went live on their site as part of their always killer Sunday Stories series.
You can find the story HERE
This is an important story for me and I’m happy to see it published on Nancy’s birthday. Much thanks to the New York Observer for running it.
This piece takes place two weeks before my grandfather, Norman passed away. It’s about Brooklyn and Nancy and living with her 87-year-old grandfather.
You can read it here:
I Don’t Know Enough About You: A Remembrance
My new essay, WHY I’LL NEVER BE AN ASTRONAUT is now live @ Neutrons Protons!
You can check it here: http://neutronsprotons.com/?p=1209#more-1209
Edgar Allan Poe died October 7, 1849. It is still unknown how. Theories include: murder, cholera, laudanum, rabies, and suicide.
He had a small three-minute funeral in the back of the Westminster Hall in Baltimore, Maryland. The reverend decided against giving a sermon because the crowd was so small. Poe was buried in a cheap casket without a cushion.
He had no headstone to mark this first plot. This is because the white Italian marble headstone his cousin bought for him was destroyed before it ever made it to the grave. The yard the headstone was kept in was demolished by a derailed train.
Poe was reburied on October 1, 1875. The gravediggers exhumed the wrong body before finding Poe.
Walt Whitman was the only well-known poet to attend the reburial.
The bones of Edgar’s wife, Virginia Clemm Poe, eventually joined him in his new digs. By 1875, the cemetery she was buried in was completely destroyed. A man (a biographer of Poe) stole her bones and kept her bones in a box beneath his bed for about a decade until they were joined with those of her husband.
“There is no beauty without some strangeness.” – Edgar Allan Poe
Chronogram asked me to write a piece about Warwick and Orange County, NY.
“Warwick, like many of its fellow Orange County towns, has come to lead a double life. These towns represent the old world. They maintain the charm of a land before time. Their sunbaked brick façades, their tall church steeples, and narrow winding roads remind you of the many histories the Hudson Valley has endured… It is a time portal.”
Here it is in two parts. Find the links below.
10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT WARWICK & ORANGE COUNTY
Photo by Thomas Smith
I only had a twenty for the $1.50 toll. The toll attendant counts out my change in all singles. “Sorry, I only have shingles,” she said.
There is a public storage place with a big neon sign, PUBLIC STORAGE.
If the lights in the “I” burn out it’s gonna be a very different business.