Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Gorey Mania

Mean Dirty Pirate regularly features the brilliant art of Edward Gorey. I love Gorey for the cheerful perversity he embraces in his work. For all I know he embraced in his private life as well, but that’s none of my bees wax.

As I mentioned on MDP’s latest Gorey post, when San Francisco's new main library opened, they did away with their card catalogue in order to go to strictly computer searches.The cards were all taken out and volunteers wrote quotes from their favorite books on them, after which the cards were plastered to the walls of several floors. Someone wrote out all of "The Gashlycrumb Tinies" (B is for Basil Assaulted by bears. etc...) on several different cards. They're placed randomly and you can spend a very amusing afternoon tracking them all down.

My favorite? N is for Neville who died of ennui.

You can see the whole The Gashlycrumb Tinies


  1. Neville is my favorite, too. Gorey was brilliant!

  2. This makes me love you Peen. I'm powerless to resist.

  3. T is for Thombeau who teased up his hair

    A is for Andrew who hid his affair

    P is for Peenee who dressed up like Cher

  4. And J is for Jason, who just didn't care.

  5. And that spells "tap" in case you didn't notice. Everybody dance!

  6. God! even your libraries out there sound cool.
    I'm officially jealous (er)

  7. O sweetie, our library here looks a great deal like the Nordstrom's downtown and frequently doubles as an informal homeless shelter.

    I always liked the New Orleans main library with its groovy space age architecture.


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