1. Tamerlane

    If I am not mistaken, a NYT article some years back reported the Poe Toaster failed to turn up at Poe’s gravesite for several years running, leading to speculation that he too had succumbed to his long surcease. A shame really, if there’s anything I like more than literature it’s an act of impromptu literary theater which becomes its own tradition, such as Bloomsday, or a community reading of Spoon River Anthology beginning at twilight in the local cemetary. Perhaps some other nameless soul will assume the Poe Toaster’s fallen mantle so that this solemn memorialization of his enigmatic hero may live on. Having no plans to visit Charm City, I will content myself with copying out “The Raven” in pencil: “Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December…”, and so on.

  2. John

    Associating Palomino Blackwings with famous artists and writers by dropping a PBW in the photo is absurd. You and Cal Pencil both have this problem, Ed Poe never went near a Palomino Pencil… they weren’t around in the 19th century. What’s next… a PBW on Karl Marx’s grave or the Church of the Nativity?

    • I never said he used Blackwings at all. I’m not even aware that Mr. Poe used pencils or if he hated them. I’m perfectly aware that there were no Blackwings in the mid-19th century, let alone Palomino branded ones. If “dropping” a branded pencil into a photo with an artist or writer is unacceptable, are we never to photograph pencils with images or books at all if these pencils are, like most pencils, branded?

      This was simply the closest black pencil to hand when I was taking pictures with the stomach flu, a Blackwing stub that my daughter left on the table. There are pictures of Hemingway with books and pencils on this site, and I have yet to hear that I am claiming an endorsement from those brands by Mr. Hemingway.

      With all due respect, the only “problem” is reading a little too much into a photograph.

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