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

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. 


“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). 


“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


“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. 


“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. 


“Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.[Omnes relinquite spes, o vos intrantes]” 

Read of the Day: The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

Click the photo to download and read a pdf version of this highly-anthologized, three volume text. 

“Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.
[Omnes relinquite spes, o vos intrantes]” 

Read of the Day: The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

Click the photo to download and read a pdf version of this highly-anthologized, three volume text.