2012 is at least better than 1845

I wrote about Poe for New York magazine’s Scandals issue and discovered that he and his friends seem to have had about the maturity level of 13-year-olds. Incidentally, that was how old his wife was when he married her. Also, she was his first cousin. All in all it made me very glad to live now and not among the catty, tuberculosis-infested New York poets of the 1840s.

And then for a travel piece on New Orleans I got to interview Bryan Batt, who plays Sal on Mad Men, and who grew up there. He was just as charming as you might expect. I was asking him about his favorite hometown places, but really what I took away from it is that I am very glad to be alive now and not in the miserable, racist, closeted 1950s.