Edgar Allan Poe or Albert Einstein: Who was the greatest thinker of all time? – Baltimore Post-Examiner

E=MC2

In 1848 the American writer Edgar Allan Poe published a cosmogony “Eureka: An Essay on the Material and Spiritual Universe.” It was his answer to philosophical questions that had haunted him for a long time, because he disagreed with the determined, ‘mechanistic’ world-view that had arisen from the celestial mechanics of Newton.

via Edgar Allan Poe or Albert Einstein: Who was the greatest thinker of all time? – Baltimore Post-Examiner.

Review: ‘Rustication’ by Charles Palliser a feverish, Gothic tale | Tampa Bay Times

Rustification

Getting suspended from college is a bummer. Coming home to find your mom and sister have moved into the House of Usher is worse. But that’s not the only problem facing 17-year-old Richard, the feverish narrator of Rustication. Richard’s father has just died, deeply in debt, amid rumors of unspeakable acts. His tubercular mother has a tenuous claim on an inheritance, but until that judgment comes through — any day now, surely — the family huddles around a fading fire in a decaying mansion on a peninsula on the southern coast of England. At night you can hear the ghost of a dead baby in the chimney. (I imagine the real estate agent gushed, “Quirky charm!”)

via Review: ‘Rustication’ by Charles Palliser a feverish, Gothic tale | Tampa Bay Times.

‘The Library Re-Imagined,’ at the Huntington – NYTimes.com

SAN MARINO, Calif. — What does a 15th-century illuminated manuscript of “The Canterbury Tales” have in common with an “Old Mission Brand” label from a crate of oranges? What is the connection between the novelist Thackeray’s 1853 drawing of a black girl in South Carolina and plantings meant to echo the famed Chinese gardens of Suzhou? What could possibly connect 19th-century light bulbs and Gainsborough’s much-loved painting “Blue Boy”?

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