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005 – Bon Bon

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This month we’re discussing the tale “Bon Bon”, originally released as “The Bargain Lost”.

  • As always the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore have  a lot of information on the various edits of this story.
  • This story was to be presented by De Rerum Natura, Esqr. of the Folio Club, a sinister character who may have been the Devil in disguise.
  • Dante’s Inferno is an epic Italian satirical poem forming the first third of the divine comedy.
  • Pierre Bonbon spends most of the story consuming various wines including Mousseux.
  • Among the philosophers the Devil claims to have eaten is Francois Marie Arouet, the real name of Voltaire.
  • The Stainless Steel Rat is a series of books by Harry Harrison, the one Guy was thinking of this episode is infact “The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You“.
  • Of course no reference to the Devil giving literary criticism could go by without this.

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004 – Loss of Breath

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This month we discuss a Loss of Breath, otherwise known as “things to do on honeymoon when you’re dead”

  • Moore’s Melodies was collected by Thomas Moore and is available on CD and sheet music.
  • There’s a plethora of mythological links to “The sign of the Crow” but the one Poe may have meant was the Irish myth of the Morrigan.
  • Metamora was a play by John Augustus Stone became a cornerstone of Edwin Forrest’s acting career. Although Charles Congdon’s memoirs paint a less than flattering picture of both men.
  • Sherlyn Abdoo concisely summarises two of the most well known readings of this story.
  • Alcohol related impotence was demonstrably known of at least as early as Shakespeare; “Lechery, sir, it provokes and unprovokes; it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance: therefore much drink may be said to be an equivocator with lechery” (Macbeth Act II Scene III)
  • G4S is a private security firm… with not the best of reputations…
  • A particularly gory statue of Marsyas being flayed can be found in Rome including red-veined marble.
  • I read terrible things is a blog, in which terrible things are read… with GIFs.

 

We’ll be back (hopefully) in time for Christmas with our festive coverage of “Bon Bon

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