Happy Birthday, Edward Gorey!
Born on February 22, 1925, Gorey would have been 88 today. Although my wife isn’t a fan, I always found his drawings and stories oddly alluring. Horrible things happened, sometimes for no discernible reason. Sometimes, nothing happened. Compared to other picture books, these were strange and wonderful things, something you weren’t sure was meant for kids despite outward appearances.
Gorey passed away in 2000 at the age of 75, but of course he lives on, both in his own books and in the works of all the artists he inspired. Live near Boston? It might be worth making the drive out to the Edward Gorey House in Yarmouth.