Peter F. Neumeyer
Published by University Press of Mississippi
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Reviewed by Glen Emil,
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16 December 2021 Special to Goreyography
The idea that a computer's memory is so fragile, everything it stored, on disk or chip, everything we put into it, could be lost and useless if its memory index file is damaged or erased. Gone, at the snap of a finger. But relief can come in the form of rebuilding that memory index file using clever CRC/ECC algorithms, and hopefully, all those files once lost, even though they actually never left, can be found again. All those pictures, briefs, essays, notes, observations, work plans, videos, spreadsheets, songs, short stories, rants and raves, come back to life. But for people, memory access is spontaneous, less direct, and much less organized. Eventually they are lost, forever.
That's why I look to Malcolm's Whyte's latest book on Edward Gorey, to help rebuild the indices into Gorey's memories, and into some 23 of his books.
Except for the emotions Gorey wanted us to feel. That was his goal, I believe, and more often than not he succeeded. Tied to circumstances Whyte relates around Gorey's The Iron Tonic is deeply heartfelt, all the more so as I am going through similar experiences as I write this. The Beastly Baby titillates all the more after reading Alison Lurie's (1926-2020} account, and remembering her retelling her influences on The Curious Sofa on Cape Cod in 2008 (she and Edward shared many laughs reading Victorian-era erotica at a Boston library). Actual memories. I am also relieved that some of the same stories Andreas Brown (1933-2020) used to retell for me are preserved in Whyte's book, thankfully preserving them in print. Memories I feared were gone forever, are now, not.
Get Gorey Secrets, add it to your collection, if you want to save, and imagine, a piece of Gorey's personal history for yourself. A little bit of context never hurts. Ever.
"My CoCo is my silicon mentor,
My coach, my dominie.
My tutor, my teacher and professor,
No mortal preceptor could be."
-- original Edward Gorey rhyme and illustration,
HOT CoCo magazine, December, 1983
In memory of Edward Bradford (1937-2020)
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