And out again into the unplumb’d, salt, estranging sea.
There is a part of me that trembles,
and part of me that reaches for warmth,
and part of me that breaks open
like mythic fruit,
the golden orange every prince will fight
“A home without books is a body without soul.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero
Roman author, essayist, and poet Marcus Tullius Cicero was born today in 106 BC (and died in 43 BC).
Poplar Kid’s Republic
Shakespeare & Co. Antiquarian Books
Cook and Book
El Ateneo Grand Splendid
Buenos Aires, Argentina
omg please this i need
“No one escapes from life alive.”
― Michael Crichton, Congo
Remembering Chicago-born novelist Michael Crichton, who was born today in 1942 (he died in 2008). Crichton’s books were recently released (for the first time) as eBook. Check them out here.
“Sleep, those little slices of death — how I loathe them.”
― Edgar Allan Poe
“After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her.”-Mark Twain
Fall is official Andre Dubus (I like to call him “Papa Dre Dubs” because I get nervous about mispronouncing “Dubus”) season. I watched We Don’t Live Here Anymore—the movie adaptation is excellent—last night so now I’m depressed forever, it’s perfect.
Read him now, now, now. We had a copy of the necessary Selected Stories on our Short Stories table in the front as of yesterday; it can be yours for the bargain and good-deed price of $8. We also have this signed copy of Adultery & Other Choices (WDLHA the movie is based on that story and “Adultery”; the MTI edition with that title contains three novellas featuring Hank, Edith, Jack, and Terry). (via Photo by amanda_leigh • Instagram)
At the Library’s newest exhibition, Charles Dickens: The Key to Character
We are alone, alone with what we are.
Six jazzy new covers for classic Ralph Ellison titles —
Ralph Ellison, one of the foremost African American authors of the literary canon, fell in love with music before he focused on writing. That’s why designer Cardon Webb researched record art and type from the mid-century jazz era to create fresh new covers for six of Ellison’s seminal works. They’re a change from the muted packaging his books have been getting for years in that they celebrate the raucous, colorful energy of his prose. Click through for a sneak peek at the new editions — including Invisible Man, the posthumously published Juneteenth, and Flying Home — which will hit bookstores in September.
Read more in Entertainment Weekly.
Almost every soldier looking back at the abandoned town from the North Side, sighed with inexpressible bitterness in his heart and made a menacing gesture towards the enemy.