Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Enigmas and Osbicks

Last month we saw a special exhibit called "Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey." Going to the exhibit was Susan's idea, not mine, of course. Once I got in there and started looking at his stuff I was very pleased -- a man with a sense of humor even darker than mine!

When we left I had to buy the book from the show and then make a tough decision as to which of his books to buy. I settled on Amphigorey Too and Susan has promised to put another one on my Christmas list for me. It's not hard to like someone who starts out a story like this:

An osbick bird flew down and sat
On Emblus Fingby's bowler hat.
It had not done so for a whim,
but meant to come and live with him.

Edward Gorey will be providing me with names for a lot of my clay pieces in the future. Speaking of the future, in November a 1965 Gorey book, The Recently Deflowered Girl: The Right Thing to Say on Every Dubious Occasion will be re-published. How can you resist a book with an opening description like this, "For more than half a century Miss Hyacinthe Phypps has been offering guidance on proper behavior..."?


Anonymous said...

Wait ....this was your first exposure to the genius that was Gorey?

How cool
there are so many things I wish I could discover for the first time again ...

Paris... "Casablanca"...mArgaritas... Oh wait...I don't drink anymore, tant pis...


layers said...

This show and these books seem to fit your sense of humor which comes through in your writing and your pottery.