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The Belief in a Just World: A Fundamental Delusion
Melvin Lerner

Well done if nothing more

The Poe Shadow - Matthew Pearl

I appreciate the effort that went into this to make it historically accurate. And I appreciate that, instead of writing a work of scholarship, he tried to make it exciting by writing a novel. But I have never felt the kind of enthusiasm for solving a "mystery" as unmysetrious as the death of Poe as Quentin Clark. Even when I was 18 and obsessed with Kubrick, and he died in circumstances that were not immediately conveyed to the public, I accepted it. And for whatever reason, Pearl never sold me on Clark's interest. i never quite could buy it. Everything else around it works, but I just don't know why Clark cares so much about the fact that Poe just died in Baltimore instead of where he was supposed to be. So what?