“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.
“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
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“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
Read of the Day: In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
Click the photo to download and read a pdf version of Proust’s novel in seven volumes, which is often regarded as one of the greatest works of French literature ever written.
“What you have lost will not be returned to you; it always be lost. You’re left with only your scars to mark the void. All you can choose to do is go on, or not. But if you go on, it’s knowing you carry your scars with you.”
Read of the Day: Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
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“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”
Read of the Day: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
This inspirational work of fiction, which originally appeared in The New Yorker. is available on amazon for as little as a dollar.
“Then he reflected that reality does not usually coincide with our anticipation of it; with a logic of his own he inferred that to forsee a circumstantial detail is to prevent its happening. Trusting in this weak magic, he invented, so that they would not happen, the most gruesome details.”
Read of the Day: Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
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“I’m not a drug salesman. I’m a writer.”
“What makes you think a writer isn’t a drug salesman?”
Read of the Day: Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Click the photo to download and read a pdf version of this fascinating novel, which earned Vonnegut a Master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago (where his original thesis was rejected).
“Losing faith is a complicated business and takes time. There are no epiphanies, no “moments of truth.” It takes much thought and concentration in the later phases, which themselves come about through an accumulation of small accidents: examples of general injustice, misfortune falling upon the godly, prayers of one’s own unanswered.”
Read of the Day: V. by Thomas Pynchon
This award-winning, Modernist novel is available on Amazon for as little as a dollar.