Sunday, May 31, 2009

Oxnard's Masonic Cemetery

Oxnard's Masonic Cemetery

Just next door to the Japanese-American Cemetery in Oxnard, California is the Masonic Cemetery. Both cemeteries were neglected for years. Litter and weeds dominated the grounds. But recently the Heuneme Masonic Cemetery Association led volunteers to restore the properties. These photos are from before the refurbishment. I'll have to take some new pictures and compare them. Next trip north, I suppose.


Oxnard's Masonic Cemetery

Masonic Cemetery
Pleasant Valley Road and Etting Road
Oxnard, CA

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Angel and Rooster at Sunnyside

Angel and Rooster at SunnysideAngel and Rooster at Sunnyside

Sunnyside Cemetery
1095 E. Willow St.
Long Beach, CA 90806
(562) 595-9392

Friday, May 29, 2009

1904 Engraving of Poe Cottage

1904 Engraving of Poe Cottage

Edgar Allan Poe spent the last years of his life, from 1846 to 1849, in The Bronx at Poe Cottage, now located at Kingsbridge Road and the Grand Concourse. A small wooden farmhouse built about 1812, the cottage once commanded unobstructed vistas over the rolling Bronx hills to the shores of Long Island. It was a bucolic setting in which the great writer penned many of his most enduring poetical works, including “Annabel Lee,” “The Bells” and “Eureka.”
Poe spent much of his life moving from place to place in restless search of literary recognition and financial security. In April 1844, he and his wife, Virginia, and mother-in-law, Maria Clemm, moved to New York, where Poe sought the opportunity for international acclaim. But Virginia was ill, and in early summer of 1846 Poe brought her to The Bronx, where he hoped the country air would rescue her failing health. However, in January of 1847, she died of tuberculosis. Poe himself died two years later, under mysterious circumstances, in Baltimore, MD.
Administered by The Bronx County Historical Society since 1975, the cottage is restored to its original appearance, with authentic period furnishings. A film presentation and guided tour help bring Poe Cottage to life. Visitors can see the bed in which Virginia died and the rocking chair Poe used. In the kitchen, the dishes on the table appear as if the great author had just stepped out for air.
The Cottage is going to be undergoing a major renovation and restoration during 2008-2009. Please check our website for possible closures and alternative programming sites.
Poe Park is getting a new addition! A state of the art visitor’s center,designed by world-renowned architect Toshiko Mori, will be constructed in park. Please check our website for updates and images of this auspcious project.
-- The Bronx Historical Society

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage - wiki

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage - New York City Parks

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage - The Bronx Historical Society

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Manny and Poe

Manny and Poe

We've had pet store rats for years. They are terrific apartment pets. They are self-contained and behave much like cats. They clean themselves. They can be trained to sit on your shoulder for a period of time before you must put them back in their cage to shit. But they can be more friendly than cats. If you spend quality time with a rat, they will bond with you. They will cheer when you enter the room and live to play with you.

Manny enjoyed the back rubs we gave him, but didn't get the rat-human thing at all. He remained a "scaredy" rat. But we loved him just the same. His cagemate and probable brother MOE served as the aggressor. Moe took the food to his corner and Manny ate the scraps. We compensated by feeding Manny separately. After Moe died, we cared for Manny through his old age. He warmed up to us at the end and made it through our move from Santa Monica to Westwood. He died quietly. At this moment he resides in our freezer with Moe. We plan to bury them at the earliest convenience.

MANNY was a very shy rat, but despite his reserved temperment, Manny proved to be a nice rat with a big heart. We miss him.

Manny and Poe

Poe Forward Rat Galleries

Saturday, May 23, 2009

75th Anniversary of the Massacre of Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow

On May 23, 1934, on-the-road, romantic fugitives Bonnie Parker, 23, and Clyde Barrow, 25, stopped their car on the roadside to help a friend and received a fatal barrage of lead from the lawmen hiding behind the foliage. It's possible Clyde never knew what hit him. One report is the first shot entered his head. But Bonnie knew at least for a moment that her life had ended. Witnesses have said they heard her screaming. Someone said it sounded like a wounded animal. Why not? The laws tracked them down like bear.

Poe Forward has included Bonnie Parker as one of the Historical Dead Girls from day one. Bonnie Parker is a tragic figure. She was smart in school and nice to people and to some degree she believed in romance. Her poetry shows this. I've been researching Bonnie and Clyde since childhood. In my opinion, Bonnie fell in love and got swept up in her devotion. There is no evidence that Bonnie Parker ever killed anyone herself. She was a tiny woman. My mother was a tiny woman and she had problems with the vacuum. The BAR weapon Bonnie was supposed to have used was simply too heavy for her to carry, much less fire without breaking her shoulder and knocking her down. While the police records reflect the evidence collection techniques of the period and the press always dramatized the worst, even the gang's members testified that Bonnie never fired a shot. "But she was a hell of a loader," one of them remarked. I bet she was. She was fighting for her man, for herself, and for romance.

(Our current essay on our website is filled with the best facts and details possible, but takes a darker look on the Barrow Gang. I hope this brief reflection compensates for that inequity.)

Poe Forward: Depression Era Historical Dead Girls

Poe Forward: Depression Era Historical Dead Girls: Bonnie Parker

SUICIDE SAL
by Bonnie Parker

We each of us have a good "alibi"
For being down here in the "joint"
But few of them really are justified
If you get right down to the point.

You've heard of a woman's glory
Being spent on a "downright cur"
Still you can't always judge the story
As true, being told by her.

As long as I've stayed on this "island"
And heard "confidence tales" from each "gal"
Only one seemed interesting and truthful-
The story of "Suicide Sal".

Now "Sal" was a gal of rare beauty,
Though her features were coarse and tough;
She never once faltered from duty
To play on the "up and up".

"Sal" told me this tale on the evening
Before she was turned out "free"
And I'll do my best to relate it
Just as she told it to me:

I was born on a ranch in Wyoming;
Not treated like Helen of Troy,
I was taught that "rods were rulers"
And "ranked" as a greasy cowboy.

Then I left my old home for the city
To play in its mad dizzy whirl,
Not knowing how little of pity
It holds for a country girl.

There I fell for "the line" of a "henchman"
A "professional killer" from "Chi"
I couldn't help loving him madly,
For him even I would die.

One year we were desperately happy
Our "ill gotten gains" we spent free,
I was taught the ways of the "underworld"
Jack was just like a "god" to me.

I got on the "F.B.A." payroll
To get the "inside lay" of the "job"
The bank was "turning big money"!
It looked like a "cinch for the mob".

Eighty grand without even a "rumble"-
Jack was last with the "loot" in the door,
When the "teller" dead-aimed a revolver
From where they forced him to lie on the floor.

I knew I had only a moment-
He would surely get Jack as he ran,
So I "staged" a "big fade out" beside him
And knocked the forty-five out of his hand.

They "rapped me down big" at the station,
And informed me that I'd get the blame
For the "dramatic stunt" pulled on the "teller"
Looked to them, too much like a "game".

The "police" called it a "frame-up"
Said it was an "inside job"
But I steadily denied any knowledge
Or dealings with "underworld mobs".

The "gang" hired a couple of lawyers,
The best "fixers" in any mans town,
But it takes more than lawyers and money
When Uncle Sam starts "shaking you down".

I was charged as a "scion of gangland"
And tried for my wages of sin,
The "dirty dozen" found me guilty-
From five to fifty years in the pen.

I took the "rap" like good people,
And never one "squawk" did I make
Jack "dropped himself" on the promise
That we make a "sensational break".

Well, to shorten a sad lengthy story,
Five years have gone over my head
Without even so much as a letter-
At first I thought he was dead.

But not long ago I discovered;
From a gal in the joint named Lyle,
That Jack and his "moll" had "got over"
And were living in true "gangster style".

If he had returned to me sometime,
Though he hadn't a cent to give
I'd forget all the hell that he's caused me,
And love him as long as I lived.

But there's no chance of his ever coming,
For he and his moll have no fears
But that I will die in this prison,
Or "flatten" this fifty years.

Tommorow I'll be on the "outside"
And I'll "drop myself" on it today,
I'll "bump 'em if they give me the "hotsquat"
On this island out here in the bay...

The iron doors swung wide next morning
For a gruesome woman of waste,
Who at last had a chance to "fix it"
Murder showed in her cynical face.

Not long ago I read in the paper
That a gal on the East Side got "hot"
And when the smoke finally retreated,
Two of gangdom were found "on the spot".

It related the colorful story
Of a "jilted gangster gal"
Two days later, a "sub-gun" ended
The story of "Suicide Sal".

Friday, May 22, 2009

Spider-Man Actress Commits Suicide

Lucy Gordon 1980-2009 RIP

New Poe Forward Dead Girl:

Lucy Gordon

May 22, 1980 - May 20, 2009

RIP

Two days before her 29th birthday, English actress and model Lucy Gordon was found hanging in her Paris apartment, a two bedroom flat in the "bohemian" 10th arrondissement. Her boyfriend found her. He had been sleeping while she hanged herself. She left two suicide notes. One was an improvised will regarding her estate. The other was a letter for her parents. Friends reported she had been "deeply affected by the recent suicide of a friend back in Britain."

Lucy was born in Oxford, attended Oxford High School, and became a model. She made her acting debut in PERFUME (2001), a film set in the fashion world. She appeared with the late Heath Ledger in THE FOUR FEATHERS (2001). In her most famous role, she played the reporter Jennifer Dugan in SPIDER-MAN 3 (2007). However, greatness may have been in her immediate future. She had just played the actress and singer Jane Birkin in a biopic of singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg before her death. The film SERGE GAINSBOURG, A HEROIC LIFE has been presented at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and will be released soon. This could have been her ticket to stardom, but now it is her swan song.

Unfortunately, today, May 22, would have been her 29th birthday. Happy Birthday Lucy and In pace requiescat!

Lucy Gordon - wiki

Lucy Gordon 1980-2009 RIP

Poe Forward's New Dead Girls 2009

The Original Dead Girl: Mary Rogers/Marie RogetGoth Like Photo of Lucy Gordon 1980-2009 RIP

Inglewood Park Cemetery - Part Three

Inglewood Park Cemetery - Part Three

Poe Forward Cemetery Photography Galleries

Inglewood Park Cemetery - wiki

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Edgar Allan Poe and the Economy of Horror

Edgar Allan Poe and the Economy of Horror

“My whole existence has been the merest Romance,” Poe wrote, the year before his death, “in the sense of the most utter unworldliness.” This is Byronic bunk. Poe’s life was tragic, but he was about as unworldly as a bale of cotton. Poe’s world was Andrew Jackson’s America, a world of banking collapse, financial panic, and grinding depression that had a particularly devastating effect on the publishing industry, where Poe sought a perch. His biography really is a series of unfortunate events. But two of those events were transatlantic financial crises: the Panic of 1819 and the Panic of 1837, the pit and the pendulum of the antebellum economy. Poe died at the end of a decade known, in Europe, as “the Hungry Forties,” and he wasn’t the only American to fall face down in the gutter during a seven-year-long depression brought on by a credit collapse. He did not live out of time. He lived in hard times, dark times, up-and-down times. Indigence cast a shadow over everything he attempted. Poverty was his raven, tapping at the door, and it was Poe, not the bird, who uttered, helplessly, another rhyme for “Nevermore.” “I send you an original tale,” Poe once began a letter, and, at its end, added one line more: “P.S. I am poor.”


Jill Lepore has written a compelling essay on Poe's manipulation of the then contemporary media. Jill asks "Was the man an utter genius or a complete fraud?" She has good reason. However, if we compare Poe's journalistic efforts in 1840s media to today's free-for-all, we would find him an abject amateur at manipulation. Again, perhaps Poe is the true originator of media explotation. Perhaps he is the grandfather of our contemporary exploitive media? I don't mind Jill's criticism. But Poe was trying to make a buck in a time when real writers were hardly and barely paid. Like most writers, he worked for money and he wrote miracles at home.

But please read the essay. Jill's work illuminates so much of Poe not known to the average public. She reveals much of the true Poe. She even concludes by questioning herself, which I think is the best role of a critic.

Poe: Visionary or Humbug?

The New Yorker - The Humbug: A Critic at Large by Jill Lepore

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New Poe Forward Scream Queen: Jennifer Carpenter

New Poe Forward Scream Queen: Jennifer Carpenter

New Poe Forward Scream Queen

JENNIFER CARPENTER

DEXTER, QUARANTINE, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE

My wife thinks double-jointed scream queen Jennifer Carpenter to be too skinny. But when I watch her face light up the tube, I can’t take my eyes off of her eyes. When the camera does this for me, I find her body to be ample enough for sexual recreation. I’m sure her husband does as well.New Poe Forward Scream Queen: Jennifer Carpenter

I first encountered Jennifer on the show DEXTER, playing the ambitious, horny, homicide cop and sister to the homicidal eponymous character. (in real life, she and the star of the show are married.) Her character is professional and competent. She wants the gold shield and all that. (Dupin’s Prefect would've been proud of her, after he got over a woman being a police officer in 1840’s Paris.) Her character’s compulsively nervous disposition always serves to slightly increase my own anxiety levels. Which is good when following a mystery story. But what adds to her complexity is that her emotionally unstable character seeks to replace her lost father figure with every penis she can capture. She even mounted Keith Carradine on her trophy wall of fatherhood fornication.

New Poe Forward Scream Queen: Jennifer Carpenter

Then I watched QUARANTINE. This film’s closest comparisons to Poe would be the torture dungeon in THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM and the locked room homicide in MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE. Jennifer screams a lot. She whimpers at lot. She screams and whimpers a lot. At one point late in the movie it started to drive me mad. Which is good when following a horror story. She carries the film. Her athleticism serves her well for all the physical work she does (even with a stunt double). I hope her character survives for the sequel.New Poe Forward Scream Queen: Jennifer Carpenter

When I watched THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE, I found her physical work to be even more demanding. I read that this is where her being double-jointed came in handy. It’s hard being a scream queen, especially when the devil is inside your character. Her character was girlish and not at all sexual. She makes up for this by portraying true horror. She also makes a hell of a demon. However, I couldn’t take my eyes off of Laura Linney. She carries this film.

(Poe Note: Concerning the “devil” genre, Poe wrote a satire titled “Never Bet the Devil Your Head.”)New Poe Forward Scream Queen: Jennifer Carpenter

Demon possessed rural teen, contaminated human prey, horny detective - these three roles solidify Jennifer Carpenter’s status as a Poe Forward Scream Queen. Now, she’s free to do Shakespeare. Perhaps, Lady MacBeth?

Poe Forward Scream Queens



Sunday, May 17, 2009

Feminist Author Marilyn French 1929-2009 RIP

Feminist Author Marilyn French 1929-2009 RIP

New Poe Forward Dead Girl:

Marilyn French

November 21, 1929 - May 2, 2009

RIP

"I must have read a while,
the latest one by Marilyn French
or something in that style."

-- ABBA, 1982

Feminist Author Marilyn French 1929-2009 RIP

The Book as World: James Joyce's Ulysses (1976)
The Women's Room (1977)
The Bleeding Heart (1980)
Shakespeare's Division of Experience (1981)
Beyond Power: On Women, Men, and Morals (1985)
Her Mother's Daughter (1987)
The War Against Women (1992)
Our Father (1993)
My Summer with George (1996)
A Season in Hell: A Memoir (1998)
Introduction: Almost Touching the Skies (2000)
Women's History of the World (2000)
From Eve to Dawn: A History of Women in Three Volumes (2002)
The Love Children (2005)
In the Name of Friendship (2006)

Marilyn French - wiki

Poe Forward's New Dead Girls 2009

The Original Dead Girl: Mary Rogers/Marie Roget


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Kiss Me Deadly's Velma Dead

Maxine Cooper Gomberg

May 12, 1924 - April 4, 2009

RIP

Maxine Cooper Gomberg - wiki

Maxine Cooper Gomberg - imdb

Kiss Me Deadly - wiki

Kiss Me Deadly - imdb

Mickey Spillane - wiki

Poe Forward's New Dead Girls 2009

The Original Dead Girl: Mary Rogers/Marie Roget


Saturday, May 9, 2009

Poe Comes to Burbank

Edgar Allan Poe Group Art Show
Halloween Town - The Parlour
2921 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
May 9th - May 31st
818-848-3644

ARTISTS
Delphia, Hideousboi, William Basso, Bob Lizarraga, Ken Brilliant, Nahrin, Frank Dietz, Eric Pigors, Bob Doucette, Queenie, Gris Grimly, Crab Scrambly, Dan Harding, Zombienose, and David Hartman.

Halloweentown7@aol.com
www.halloweentownstore.com

And There Goes Maude

Beatrice Arthur 1922-2009 RIP

Beatrice "Bea" Arthur

May 13, 1922 – April 25, 2009

RIP

Beatrice Arthur 1922-2009 RIP

Lady Godiva Was A Freedom Rider
She Didn't Care If The Whole World Looked.
Joan Of Arc With The Lord To Guide Her
She Was A Sister Who Really Cooked.

Isadora Was The First Bra-Burner
Ain't Ya Glad She Showed Up. Oh Yeah.
And When The Country Was Falling Apart
Betsy Ross Got It All Sewed Up.

And Then There's Maude
And Then There's Maude
And Then There's Maude
And Then There's Maude
And Then There's Maude
And Then There's Maude
And Then There's

That Old Uncompromisin' Enterprisin',

Anything But Tranquilizing,

Right On Maude

"And Then There's Maude"
Composed by Marilyn & Alan Bergman & Dave Grusin
Performed by Donny Hathaway

Beatrice and Angela

Beatrice "Bea" Arthur - wiki

Maude - wiki

The Golden Girls - wiki

Norman Lear - wiki

Walter and Maude

Poe Forward's New Dead Girls 2009

The Original Dead Girl: Mary Rogers/Marie Roget