Monthly Archives: April 2014

Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches by Matsuo Basho

Imagine a young man in black priestly robes, straw sandals, and hat, and a straw cape draped over his shoulders to protect him from the rain, walking deliberately along a narrow footpath through a deep forest, then up onto the … Continue reading

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Blue Nights by Joan Didion

“Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life.” I underlined that sentence in my copy of Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking back in Autumn of … Continue reading

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Everyone is creative and has something to say

I love this quote from Brenda Ueland in her wonderful little book If You Want to Write. I believe it to be true. “Men [and women] spend their lives adding and subtracting and dictating letters when they secretly long to … Continue reading

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On the power of literature

I love to read, and I love to talk about literature. I strongly believe that literature has great power and can change lives. In our ever busy lives, literature, like anything else in life, has to fit into our priorities. … Continue reading

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Next meeting, Tuesday, May 13

We will meet to discuss the Ann Patchett book on Tuesday, May 13, 8:30 pm. Hope to see you all there. I’m thinking of making bread pudding.

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Ann Patchet Essays: May 2014 book selection

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett is our selection for May. Here is the description from Amazon: Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author of State of  Wonder, Run, and Bel Canto, examines her deepest commitments—to writing, family, friends, dogs, … Continue reading

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