Morbid Anatomy's Joanna Ebenstein recently visited the Edward Gorey Museum in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts. The bad news is that apparently most of his clutter of curiosities has been "edited" and "organized." The good news is that quite a few amazing bits remain. (According to the museum's site, on October 30 the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Bass River will host the 9th Annual Goreyfest & Gala. "This event will be your last chance to see Edward Gorey's remaining fifteen fur coats before they depart to the four corners of the world via our special auction.")
Part of me wishes they had simply left the place as it was at Gorey's death, and allowed visitors the opportunity to wander around the famously idiosyncratic environment in which the man produced so many of his iconic works. However, I was quickly won over by the museum's small-town- quirky charm, and the pretty great displays, which included reproductions of his sketchbooks, amazing ephemera and souvenirs from Mystery and his Broadway production of Dracula, one of his raccoon fur coats, many of his Doubleday book covers, a number of his handmade stuffed animals, many coveted rare works such as his fantastic peepshow, and scores of other artifacts.
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With all due respect to our vegetarian friends, there might be nothing more intrinsically linked to the 4th of July holiday than a big ole cookout. Sure, fireworks and celebrating the birth of a constitutional republic are great too, but showing off your cooking prowess with a brilliantly seared, mouth-watering slab of grade-A American beef […]
We’re at the midway point of 2020. So…how’s the year going for you so far? Yeah…we can guess. But while there’s a lot about 2020 we can’t directly control, maybe a little retail therapy can help make you feel better. Sure, the 39 items we gathered together can absolutely bring a smile to your face. […]