Thumbs up for The Epiplectic Bicycle by Edward Gorey. Poetry.

Marvelous. I love the way the characters appear to be continually in a state of falling over, regardless of whether they actually are or not.

They took a wrong turning and before they knew it, were entering a vast barn;it was too dark to hear anything;it fell down as they came out the other end.

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Thumbs up for The Haunted Tea-Cosy: A Dispirited and Distasteful Diversion for Christmas by Edward Gorey. Poetry.

Well, it’s Edward Gorey. You know who he is, right? Twisted, clever, hilarious, unique? Again, as always.

‘I am the Spectre of Christmas that Never Was,’ it muttered, ‘and I have come to show you Affecting Scenes.’

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Thumbs up for The Golden Gate by Vikram Seth. Literature/poetry.

I loved this. It’s one of my favorites so far this year. The easy summation is Tales of the City told as a series of sonnets…and we’re going to go with that, because that’s exactly what it is, San Franciscan setting, soap-opera plot and all. But it’s the writing that makes it so effervescently delightful.… >> Read more