Last Call: Anyone else excited for an Edward Gorey biography?

Edward Gorey photographed in September 1977 on the set he designed for the Broadway production of Dracula.
Edward Gorey photographed in September 1977 on the set he designed for the Broadway production of Dracula.
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Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey

I use Edward Gorey as a sort of friend litmus test. If you’re a fan of author/artist Gorey’s dark, Victorian humor—expressed best, in my opinion, in The Doubtful Guest—then we will probably get along swimmingly. If you’re ignorant of his work, that’s a wonderful opportunity for me to lend you some of my Gorey books and my beloved Fantod pack, which you had better return. I was thrilled to learn of a new Gorey biography, Born To Be Posthumous, the first published since his death in 2000. But having read The New Yorker’s Joan Acocella dismiss of many of the author’s interpretations and assumptions of Gorey, my enthusiasm has cooled. Is it worth reading a biography of him, even if it’s flawed? [Kate Bernot]

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Hey, I might like whisky now

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As is so often with cool things like craft beers and artisanal whiskeys and whathave you, I am way behind the curve. Actually my most common reaction to whisky is, “It burns!” That was before I went to a recent Maker’s Mark tasting event where I was introduced to the brand’s sublime Maker’s 46 bourbon. There was no burning, just a smooth caramel and vanilla goodness, because the 46 is aged longer than regular Maker’s Mark, which helps mellow out the bitterness. It was like, “Whisky, were have you been all my life?” Except I’m such a lightweight, I would be on the floor likely after more than a sip or two. But as a post-fancy-dinner 1/2-finger drink, or the next time I feel like I’m coming down with something, you’d better believe I am going to shell out for this lovely gateway whisky. [Gwen Ihnat]

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.

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proudhamerican
ProudHamerican

That was a great article on Gorey made possible by a biography on Gorey. I want to take a second to appreciate that, whether biographers succeed or fall on their faces, they enable deeper and more interesting conversations about the people who fascinate us. Writing a biography is really hard and often involves a lot of boring research. A biographer gets “close” to their subject but that closeness is often based on a lot of weird ephemera and second-hand memories. There’s a lot that can go wrong re: tone and interpretation, but if you read between the lines, like Acocella did, you’ll probably still enjoy it!