Linford and Karin on The New York Daily News

My favorite album of last year, A Boot and a Shoe, was born from divorce. It was a heartbreaker.

This year, what may well be my favorite album has come from a marriage that’s been saved.

And The New York Daily News is taking notice.

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Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.

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    Script supervisor/publicist for Stallone?

    My wife had a good start on a Poe screenplay, but it ain’t finished. We thought Kevin Spacey would be the ideal Poe.

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    I see a career opportunity for you here, Martin.

  • Martin

    Here’s the laudanum letter if you’re interested.

  • Martin

    Stallone directing Poe?

    Please, God, no. Someone stop him! A few years back Michael Jackson began work on a film about Poe. Thank goodness that went nowhere, but this sounds almost as bad.

    The blurb copy can’t even get the basic facts of Poe’s life straight. Poe did not “suffer from madness, depression and drugs.” Depression, yes, and extreme mental stress, which he often described in exaggerated terms — but he was never mentally ill. And, contrary to popular belief, he was not a drug user. There is one reference to drinking laudanum in one of his letters — and that was an unsuccessful suicide attempt. There is no other evidence that he took opiates.

    Poe had a problem with alcohol, although he wasn’t what we think of today as an addict. He was a binge drinker who couldn’t stop once he started — but he had long periods of sobriety in between binges.

    Poe was not found dead in a gutter in 1849. He was found seriously ill in a gutter and taken to a hospital, where he died a couple of days later.

    If Stallone can’t be persuaded to abandon this project, he should at least fire the moron who’s writing his press releases.