Photos from the Elephant House

For the dedicated Edward Gorey fanatic, check out this collection of "still photos and publicity images for Christopher Seufert's upcoming documentary project about the late illustrator Edward Gorey. Shot with him between 1996 and his death in April, 2000." There are 130 pictures in the collection, including a vibrant array of colored glass bottles, a backlog of reading matter and an artfully cluttered countertop. Knowing that some these photos were taken just before the author's death yields a particularly poignant quality. Found via the indispensable BoingBoing.

April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.