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“No Man is an Island”

John Donne once said “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” And, it is with this phrase in mind that I must acknowledge each and every one of my muckrakers at The Union Stylus. For me, pencil and pad come easily, but solving the mystery, finding …


Message from Beyond The Grave?

Readers! Some of you might not know that my old friend, Master Poe, was a fan of cryptograms and Masonic ciphers. When he was not “on the lash,” pining after his many lady-loves, or writing disturbing stories of evil and heinous crimes, he could be found amusing himself by composing secret messages in code and leaving them about town. Poe …


Invitation to “A Dream Within A Dream”

https://www.capitalfringe.org/festival-2014/shows/456-a-dream-within-a-dream Dates: July 10th -26th Location: 629 New York Ave NW Washington, DC 20001, next to Fort Fringe and Marrakesh, on New York Ave between 6th and 7th, metro accessible   My Dear Readers, Yesterday, I submitted my appraisal of Poe’s “The Purloined Letter” and pondered about the ever-changing nature of his work: from woe-be-gone lover, to sinister advocate for …

July 10th -26th

629 New York Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

COME ONE! COME ALL! To “A Dream Within A Dream”

Brought to you by The Capital Fringe Festival Presented by:  Jennifer Schwed, Doug Bradshaw, and Christina Helm


Appraisal of “The Purloined Letter”

Was Edgar Allan Poe really one man? Or, were a series of authors writing on his behalf? These are the questions I am left asking after reading, “The Purloined Letter.” As many of my faithful readers (and fans) can attest, I have written many appraisals regarding Poe’s works. At first, they were the writings of a lovelorn, woe-be-gone maudlin, crying …

The Purloined Letter

“The Purloined Letter”