Tuesday April 21st, 2009

Leading the Mob

Jill Lepore is always worth reading. This week, she turns her attention to Edgar Allan Poe:

You love Poe or you don’t, but, either way, Poe doesn’t love you. A writer more condescending to more adoring readers would be hard to find. “The nose of a mob is its imagination,” he wrote. “By this, at any time, it can be quietly led.”