Monday, February 22, 2010
In 1938, the Orson Welles' radio broadcast of the sci-fi fantasy "War of the Worlds" about aliens invading earth caused a nationwide panic.
In Poe's case the public was prepared to accept the idea of performing surgeries using hypnotism as an anesthetic, a commonly reported phenomenon (albeit untrue). "War of the Worlds" played on the scientific explanation of a crowded universe where sentient alien beings living on Mars.
Have you ever read a fictional work that you thought was true? Why did you believe it was true and what did it cause you to do?
Monday, February 15, 2010
Does your observation of the news and other media sources sway your thinking? If so, how?
Is torture ever justified, or does torture let "all memory of freedom die . . . , smothered under a breathless weight of night"?
Friday, February 5, 2010
Poe was orphaned as a toddler, but was taken in by a wealthy family. Although never formally adopted, his new mother loved him very much, but when she died, Poe was left with a stern disciplinarian of a foster father.
Poe dropped out of school because of gambling debts. He was disinherited by Allan after quarreling about his inheritance. He joined the military and was court martialed (on purpose). His childhood sweetheart married another man, so he married his 13-year-old cousin, who died young. He pretty much lived his adult life in poverty moving from one writing/editing job to the next.
How do you think these events led to Poe's preoccupation with horror and its related themes?
What events from your own life led you to your chosen career?