Cuppa Jo: A Daily Dose of Literature and Life

Trisha Jo. ‘88. Grad Student. Writer. Literature, Film, and Music Snob. Libertarian. Foodie. Culture Connoisseur.

“Moon, you old spinster, don’t you mock mewith your pockmarks and your slow, slow travels.”
—excerpt from “What Rings But Can’t Be Answered” by Rebecca Lindenberg from Love, an Index 

Read of the Day: Love, An Index by Rebecca Lindenberg

Moon, you old spinster, don’t you mock me
with your pockmarks and your slow, slow travels.

—excerpt from “What Rings But Can’t Be Answered” by Rebecca Lindenberg from Love, an Index 

Read of the DayLove, An Index by Rebecca Lindenberg


“The Wild still lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept.” 

Read of the Day: White Fang by Jack London

Click the photo to download and read a pdf version of this incredible work of naturalist literature. 
“The Wild still lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept.” 

Read of the Day: White Fang by Jack London

Click the photo to download and read a pdf version of this incredible work of naturalist literature. 


“There have been daring people in the world who claimed that Fenimore Cooper could write English, but they are all dead now.” 

Read of the Day:Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offences by Mark Twain

Click the photo to read a copy of Twain’s hilarious criticism…though I’d advise you to avoid it if you are a Cooper fan without a sense of humor. 

“There have been daring people in the world who claimed that Fenimore Cooper could write English, but they are all dead now.” 

Read of the Day:Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offences by Mark Twain

Click the photo to read a copy of Twain’s hilarious criticism…though I’d advise you to avoid it if you are a Cooper fan without a sense of humor. 

Time was passing like a hand waving from a train I wanted to be on.
I hope you never have to think about anything as much as I think about you.

—Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 


“I have felt as bleak as I’ve felt since puberty, and have filled almost three Mead notebooks trying to figure out whether it was Them or Just Me.” 

Read of the Day: A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace

Click the photo to download and read this humorous and insightful collection of nonfiction essays. 

“I have felt as bleak as I’ve felt since puberty, and have filled almost three Mead notebooks trying to figure out whether it was Them or Just Me.” 

Read of the Day: A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace

Click the photo to download and read this humorous and insightful collection of nonfiction essays. 


“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” 

Read of the Day: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky 

Click the photo to download and read a pdf version of this cult classic, which is often the subject of much controversy in the court of public opinion. 

“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” 

Read of the Day: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky 

Click the photo to download and read a pdf version of this cult classic, which is often the subject of much controversy in the court of public opinion. 


“I thought I understood it, that I could grasp it, but I didn’t, not really. Only the smudgeness of it; the pink-slippered, all-containered, semi-precious eagerness of it. I didn’t realize it would sometimes be more than whole, that the wholeness was a rather luxurious idea. Because it’s the halves that halve you in half. I didn’t know, don’t know, about the in-between bits; the gory bits of you, and the gory bits of me.”

Film of the Week: Like Crazy, directed by Drake Doremus 

Click the photo to watch a theatrical trailer for this award-winning, romantic drama. 

“I thought I understood it, that I could grasp it, but I didn’t, not really. Only the smudgeness of it; the pink-slippered, all-containered, semi-precious eagerness of it. I didn’t realize it would sometimes be more than whole, that the wholeness was a rather luxurious idea. Because it’s the halves that halve you in half. I didn’t know, don’t know, about the in-between bits; the gory bits of you, and the gory bits of me.”

Film of the Week: Like Crazy, directed by Drake Doremus 

Click the photo to watch a theatrical trailer for this award-winning, romantic drama. 


“Don’t you remember that love, like medicine, is only the art of encouraging nature?” 

Read of the Day: Dangerous Liaisons by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

Click the photo to read an electronic version of this French epistolary novel online through google books (translated into English, of course). 

“Don’t you remember that love, like medicine, is only the art of encouraging nature?” 

Read of the Day: Dangerous Liaisons by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

Click the photo to read an electronic version of this French epistolary novel online through google books (translated into English, of course). 


“I hate it as one hates sin or pestilence or—the color work in a ten-cent magazine.” 

Read of the Day: Strictly Business: More Stories of the Four Million by O Henry

Click the photo to read this fantastic collection of short stories. 

“I hate it as one hates sin or pestilence or—the color work in a ten-cent magazine.” 

Read of the Day: Strictly Business: More Stories of the Four Million by O Henry

Click the photo to read this fantastic collection of short stories. 


“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” 

Read of the Day: Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Click the photo to download and read a pdf version of this transcendental masterpiece. 

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” 

Read of the Day: Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Click the photo to download and read a pdf version of this transcendental masterpiece. 


“We must prove to the world that we are all nincompoops”

Read of the Day: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy 

Click the photo to download and read a pdf version of this highly anthologized and highly praised classic. 

“We must prove to the world that we are all nincompoops”

Read of the Day: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy 

Click the photo to download and read a pdf version of this highly anthologized and highly praised classic. 


“Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.”

Read of the Day: Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally

This award-winning novel is available from online retailers for as little as ten dollars. 

“Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.”

Read of the Day: Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally

This award-winning novel is available from online retailers for as little as ten dollars. 

Write drunk. Edit sober.

—Ernest Hemingway

The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.

—Oscar Wilde


Juror #2: It’s hard to put into words. I just think he’s guilty. I thought it was obvious from the word, ‘Go’. Nobody proved otherwise. 
Juror #8: Nobody has to prove otherwise. The burden of proof is on the prosecution. The defendant doesn’t even have to open his mouth. That’s in the Constitution. 

Film of the Week: 12 Angry Men directed by Sidney Lumet 

Click the photo to watch this 1957 classic film in its entirety. I promise, you won’t be disappointed. 

Juror #2: It’s hard to put into words. I just think he’s guilty. I thought it was obvious from the word, ‘Go’. Nobody proved otherwise. 

Juror #8: Nobody has to prove otherwise. The burden of proof is on the prosecution. The defendant doesn’t even have to open his mouth. That’s in the Constitution. 

Film of the Week: 12 Angry Men directed by Sidney Lumet 

Click the photo to watch this 1957 classic film in its entirety. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.