Our Reading Life Favorite Quote, October 28, 2023

I recently found myself rereading The Book of Disquiet and fell in love with this paradoxical but deeply truthful quote by Fernando Pessoa, “We have what we renounce, for we conserve it eternally intact in our dreams, by the light of the sun that isn’t, or of the moon that cannot be.” If you like … Read more

How to Read a Poem: Bill Murray Feat. Emily Dickinson

“The simplest definition of poetry is that it is what poets write,” Mortimer Adler wrote in his book about the most important life skill that our schools absolutely fail to teach us. “That seems obvious enough, and yet there are those who would dispute the definition.” Among those who oppose such simplicity, Adler notes, are … Read more

Zen in the Art of Writing

“I selected the above title, quite obviously, for its shock value,” writes Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920–June 5, 2012) in his book Zen in the Art of Writing: Releasing the Creative Genius Within You, a vibrant collection of essays celebrating manifold ways we can harness the power of our imagination. “Now, while I have you … Read more