Touching these three-lobed fossils embedded in stone
connects to a vanished ocean once here
in this library 250 million years ago.
Some predators, some scavengers or filter feeders,
roaming aisles of books, touching the past.
It was the Pequod that pursued Moby-Dick,
but in the end Melville wanted us
to remember that it was the Rachel,
searching again for her own missing children,
who came upon Ishmael - yet another orphan.
High Fidelity (2000)
I wonder what his birthday dinner and dessert will be today.
He’s the author of best-selling books about food: The Botany of Desire (2001), The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006), In Defense of Food (2008), and Food Rules (2010).
He has also written a non-food book, A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder, which deals with one of my personal fantasies and enjoyed reading.
To the Lighthouse
Today, her birthday, but I remember sadness -
stones in her overcoat, into the river,
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
This is probably the funniest book I have read. I…
— Umberto Eco
— Katherine Mansfield
October 19, 1962: Happy 51st birthday, Tracy Chevalier. Her best-selling novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring, was based on a painting by Johannes Vermeer. The writer bought a poster of the painting as a teenager.