The podcast for the Great Poe Debate II, held on Dec 17, 2009, is finally up at the Boston Phoenix site. Listen here.
The event was very well attended. We had an audience of over 300 people. Once again I took to task Jeff Jerome (the cranky guy from Baltimore) and Paul Lewis (the pesky prof from Boston, who is SO pesky he even tried to horn in on the recent Poe Toaster news). Of course, Boston won the old applause-o-meter, but you can judge for yourselves who really won the debate (hint: it wasn't the other two guys), although I'll have to say that Cranky and Pesky did bring their A games to the showdown. But how can you argue against Philadelphia Gothic?
In light of Hal Poe's comments last Saturday in Richmond, I'm hoping to expand the Great Poe Debate and take it on the road to other Poe cities later this year. That is, of course, if they have the guts to take me on.
And stay tuned for my review of this year's Baltimore Poe Birthday celebration. Tonight and tomorrow Jeffrey Combs is performing his one-man Poe show that received rave reviews in its West Coast run. I do have my fears that it will be another drunken madman Poe (of which I've seen quite enough, thank you), but hopefully it will be entertaining. You can read about the show in the Baltimore Sun and the Bmore City Paper. I'll be driving down to see it tonight (Sat) with the lovely Mrs Philly Poe Guy. If you're there, say hello.