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Berenice — A Tale by Edgar Allan Poe

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Simon Pearson (CC BY-ND 2.0)

In honor of Edgar Allan Poe’s 206th Birthday, here’s his short story of teeth and love: “Berenice.” It was published in the Southern Literary Messenger in 1835. Publisher Thomas W. White received multiple complaints about the story’s graphic and disturbing content and thus he removed four paragraphs for the 1840 version. Poe, of course, disagreed with White’s decision, saying that this was a good opportunity for the Southern Literary Messenger to become a famous magazine. He admitted, “I allow that it approaches the very verge of bad taste – but I will not sin quite so egregiously again.” (via Wikipedia.)

MISERY is manifold. The wretchedness of earth is multiform. Overreaching the wide horizon like the rainbow, its hues are as various as the hues of that arch, as distinct too, yet as intimately blended. Overreaching the wide horizon like the rainbow! How is it that from Beauty I have derived a type of unloveliness?… Read the rest

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Happy 100th Birthday to Albert Camus

albert camus quotesHappy birthday to absurdist philosopher Albert Camus, who was born this day in 1913 French Algieria. Raised in poverty by his hearing-impaired, widowed mother, Camus went on to be one of the modern era’s great philosophers and political activists. Camus risked his life as a member of the French Resistance, writing for the underground newspaper “Combat”, continuing to contribute while many of his friends and comrades were imprisoned in concentration camps or summarily executed for their actions. Camus went on to win the Nobel prize for his work, and remained a vocal opponent of tyranny in all forms until his 1960 death in an automobile accident at the age of 46.

I’ve been a fan of Camus for most of my adult life, having first become aware of his work… well… I’ll be honest: because of The Cure’s “Killing an Arab”. As soon as I found out it was based on a Camus novel (The Stranger), I sought it out.… Read the rest

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Should We Celebrate President Obama’s Birthday?

With Michelle and Sasha on a trip to Spain, and Malia at camp, President Barack Obama isn’t celebrating his birthday with family. Instead, he has a busy itinerary ending with a dinner with ‘friends’ held in Chicago. After a recent poll conducted by CNN/Opinion Research it was found that “more than a quarter of the public have doubts about Obama’s citizenship, with 11 percent saying Obama was definitely not born in the United States and another 16 percent saying the president was probably not born in the country.” This raises a lot of questions on his birthday. Keith Koffler of Politico tells us why Obama’s birthday is not a cause for national celebration:

Today is President Barack Obama’s 49th birthday, which the president seems to think is an unhappy day. He has taken to lamenting his fading youth and graying hair, showing all the signs of a midlife crisis — minus the red Corvette.

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