Diddling with Edgar Allan Poe

From “Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences,” (a mock scientific treatise) by Edgar Allan Poe:

A crow thieves; a fox cheats; a weasel outwits; a man diddles. To diddle is his destiny….Diddling, rightly considered, is a compound, of which the ingredients are minuteness, interest, perseverance, ingenuity, audacity, nonchalance, originality, impertinence, and grin.

Source: The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe and the Invention of Murder by Daniel Stashower

Now, go forth and diddle.

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3 Responses to Diddling with Edgar Allan Poe

  1. Dark Orpheus says:

    Hi LK, sorry for not mentioning it to you earlier. In case you have not picked up the May/June issue of Utne magazine – this is the Tessa Gallagher essay (it was originally published in the “Sun” – so you might have read it before) on Raymond Carver’s journey to sobriety, his little joys, his poetry. It’s a personal piece, but I found it beautiful.It should still be available online: http://www.utne.com/issues/2007_141/features/12561-1.html


  2. LK says:

    Thanks for the link, Dark Orpheus!


  3. Carl V. says:

    Okay then, I’ll go forth!!! 😉


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