— Billy Collins
— Billy Collins
You start reading with the easy E.
It’s not expected, as with our poems,
that all will get to the…
— Stephen King
— 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.
Read what you enjoy, not what you think you’re supposed to be reading.
The Graveyard Book
I have more time during the week to read than in past years, but for some reason I still seem to…
It’s a good day to read a book in honor of the birthday of the first man ever to print a book in English, William Caxton, born in Kent, England in 1422.
He was a wealthy trader and merchant, and also a part-time linguist and translator. He was living in Cologne, Germany, when he translated a book about the history of Troy. The printing press had been invented about 25 years earlier, but it had only recently started to spread beyond Germany. Caxton realized that the new technology of printing would make the job of distributing his book a lot easier. So instead of copying the book by hand, he had his book printed as The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye in 1475.
He eventually went back to England, where he established the first English printing press. He printed all the available English literature, including Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (1478).
For a long time, people in England called printed books Caxtons.
— Lloyd Alexander (Time Cat)
Love the fireplace as a reading spot but that tree is disturbing.
Sometimes all the therapy a person needs is some time to read.
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
― Groucho Marx
February 28, 1970: A most unfortunate day. Novelist Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snicket, was once born in the benighted city of San Francisco and is now a dismal 43 years old.