Not directly related to Coleridge, but still worth a note, given how close those two poets are, thematically.

Been a bit busy last week; more, and more relevant content coming next week. 


“Poe House gets new lease on life”


BALTIMORE —  The city of Baltimore has turned over control of the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum to a nearby railroad museum as part of a plan to make the attraction self-sufficient.

Over the next year, the B&O Railroad Museum will work with a newly established nonprofit on the plan to make it happen. After that, the nonprofit will take over operation.

The city had been spending $85,000 a year to keep the house open but cut off funding in 2010. The house is closed and is expected to reopen next year.

The city’s spending panel approved the deal last month and will pay the railroad museum $180,000. The new nonprofit envisions an annual budget between $200,000 and $300,000.

Poe lived in the tiny west Baltimore row house from 1832 to 1835.


I’m one of those closeted museum goers – think, Ted Mosby, and how he nerdily happy he gets that one time he can recite Dante’s Inferno – and I like stuff like this.

Now, I might be wrong, but is it that the cultivation of Edgar Allan Poe’s remembrance is sort of neglected by the New England authorities? This is not the first time I read something about the Maryland government cutting back on cultural expenses. Now, I am European, and I’ve never been there, but should people worry about Poe’s heritage? He’s certainly one of the writers that deserve to be well remembered.

…Actually, he’s the guy that convinced me to pick up English. My one favorite author of all time in this language, perhaps even before Shakespeare… And that darn Mr C.