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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

J is for James...

Written by Edward Gorey (1925-2000) and published as The Gashly Crumb Tinies, the author/illustrator tells the fate of 26 children (each representing a letter of the alphabet) and their untimely demise in stoic rhyming couplets. The dark "children's" book takes the reader through the complete alphabet, accompanied by Gorey's fine illustrations.

Ever since reading about what happened to James, I've always paid careful attention to ingredient labels, and am mindful not to chug bottles of poison.

Gorey, who usually wore black, was perhaps the original "Goth." When asked why he was so macabre, he replied, "As Schubert said, there is no happy music."

Here is a YouTube of the entire book: