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I was already fond of this season’s American Idol contestant Siobhan Magnus — she clearly marches to the beat of her own drum, she sings with nary a trace of the radio-diva vocal tics that plague so many other singers on the show over the years, and she wields her astonishing high notes like weapons. But the moment I realized she had an homage to the cover of The Gashlycrumb Tinies, cartoonist Edward Gorey’s infamous alphabetical gallows-humor guide to the death of small children, tattooed on her arm, I joined Team Siobhan for real.
Jason Kolnos of The Cape Cod Times penned a piece on the tattoo, noting that Cape Cod native Magnus grew up not far from the town where Gorey spent his autumn years, and where the Edward Gorey House, a museum dedicated to his life and work, is now located.
As far as I’m concerned, exposing Gorey’s black-comic masterpiece to Idol‘s terrifyingly huge audience is just another reason to vote Magnus early and often.
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