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»As part of Terror of the Soul, The Morgan has booked a spectacular program of events that run through January 16, 2014. It includes screenings of Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) and House of Usher (1960), several gallery talks and guided tours, a performance by Elevator Repair Service, a reading by Robert Pinsky, and a discussion with Paul Auster. One of the events in the program won’t happen, after all. Lou Reed was scheduled to appear on November 5. He died too soon. Reed’s 2003 album The Raven adopted several of Poe’s tales and poems. His voice on these tracks has a dark jitteriness that seems just right. I can’t say why, exactly, but when I was standing in the library, looking at the Poe relics and thinking about Lou Reed, I kept hearing an earlier lyric, again and again: «It’s hard to live in the city.»«

Caleb Smith

Poe in Hard Times: Caleb Smith about the exhibition Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York. His review at Los Angeles Review of Books.