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. 


“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. 


“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. 


“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. 

“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

Click the photo to download and read a pdf version of this award-winning novel.

“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

Click the photo to download and read a pdf version of this award-winning novel.


“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. 

“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

Click the photo to download and read a pdf version of this philosophical work. 

“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

Click the photo to download and read a pdf version of this philosophical work. 


“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).  

“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. 

“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.