Sunday, April 29, 2012

Tazi Recommends: The World of Poe

Dear Readers:

It has been a VERY exciting week here in Tazi-Land, which is why today's blog review will be a short but concise one. I am sorry to "phone it in" so to speak, but I am drained from the excitement, and a kitty cat needs his rest!

This blog, which was started seven months ago as a project for my Mommie's college writing class is poised to hit 10,000 page views, if it has not done so already by the time you are reading this. If this important milestone is not big enough news, I am also being followed on Twitter by the New York Post and the New York Post Editorial Pages (I love The Post, and I don't mean ironically; they have the best headlines!). Oh, and the movie The Raven, based upon the works of Edgar Allan Poe came out in theaters this weekend. What Black Cat does not love what Mr. Poe has done for our reputed nine lives? In honor of Mr. Poe, I am dedicating this week's blog review to

The World of Edgar Allan Poe
by Undine


What drew me to this blog was the review of The Raven (which is lambasted as a piece of garbage). What kept me there was the extreme knowledge the writer displays about the curiosity that is Mr. Poe. For those who are unfamiliar with the Master of Horror, The World of Poe's tagline says it all: The truth was stranger than his fiction.

Offering book reviews, YouTube videos of artistic interpretations of Poe's work, and - best of all, in my opinion - reliable information about the much storied (and oft incorrect) history of the legendary poet and storyteller. From a 50-minute clip of the haunting but unfinished Claude Debussy opera based upon "The Fall of the House of Usher", a reading of The Raven set to Celtic music, to the MGM produced An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe narrated the late, great Vincent Price there is something for every artistic taste at The World of Poe.

Filled with history and copies of original articles written about Edgar Allan Poe, The World of Poe offers more than artistic expression and makes for a rich source of period information on the man shrouded in mystery. I think I might skip The Raven movie (seriously, John Cusack as E.A. Poe? What were they thinking!) and stay in to further peruse The World of Poe. I believe you would do well to do the same.

Snuggles,
Tazi

P.S. If you have never read the works of Edgar Allan Poe, you do not know what you are missing! Every horror movie villain from Friday the 13th's reincarnating Jason Voorhees to Jigsaw's complicated machinationsin Saw have been influenced by the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

Ask Tazi! is ghostwritten by a human with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications. Tazi-Kat is not really a talking feline.

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