Monday, June 1, 2020

Daily Dose

From Room Temperature, by Nicholson Baker


"To force myself into the proper mental state, I tried to draw my mouth from my tongue's point of view, hoping to convey my tongue's persistently mistaken notion that the teeth formed two complete circles."

From Chapter Seven

Sunday, May 31, 2020

On Cutting the Hair

Daily Dose

From How to Keep Your Cool: Am Ancient Guide to Anger Management, by Seneca, translated by James Romm


"It's clear in the case of the rich, the nobility, and office holders that whenever something light and empty arises in the mind, it gathers momentum like a ship in a favorable breeze."

From page 41

Saturday, May 30, 2020

The Peonies

Daily Dose

From A Little History of Poetry, by John Carey


"Of all world-famous poets none is less likely to appeal to the modern reader than Dante Alighieri (c. 1265 - 1321)."

From Chapter 5, Continental Masters of the Middle Ages: Dante, Daniel, Petrarch, Villon

Friday, May 29, 2020

A Caricature

Daily Dose

From Washington's End: The Final Years and Forgotten Struggle, by Jonathan Horn


"According to family lore, Lawrence's recently deceased mother had appeared 'so strikingly like her brother (Grandpa)' that soldiers would have obeyed her orders had she donned 'a military hat on her head.'"

From Chapter 29, Guardianship