Saturday, January 19, 2013

Quoth the Raven

This postcard comes from an unusual postcard book called Where the Bodies Are, published in 2003. I believe it is now out of print. The postcards are mostly poor quality photos, but some are fun, like this one of American author and poet, Edgar Allan Poe. He lies evermore in Baltimore, Maryland.

Erin wrote this postcard on Halloween, which is quite appropriate. She writes that she started thinking about Poe and ravens, but ended up thinking more about graveyards. She finds older graveyards quite peaceful, and remembers wandering Mount Auburn Cemetery in Boston, Massachusetts, and finding a marker that engraved with, "She was useful." Doesn't seem quite the words one might want above one for all eternity!

I recently listened to Neil Gaiman read his novel, The Graveyard Book. It is a thoroughly delightful tale, written for kids and their parents, about a boy raised by ghosts in a graveyard.


  1. Well! I love to read the Newbery Award books and here is a new one! I found a link to Neil reading his novel. And, he is married to Amanda Palmer! She was terrific in Cabaret a few years ago in Harvard Square. Thanks for the post!

    1. It is a wonderful listen! And he tweets about Amanda all the time :)

  2. Cemeteries are fabulous places to stroll. So much stories there,and statues, and peace..

  3. She was useful - that sounds like something Thomas the Tank engine would love to see on his gravestone (if that ever happened of course). Great postcard and post


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