Cuppa Jo: A Daily Dose of Literature and Life

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

“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).  


“I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our more stupid melancholy propensities, for is there anything more stupid than to be eager to go on carrying a burden which one would gladly throw away, to loathe one’s very being and yet to hold it fast, to fondle the snake that devours us until it has eaten our hearts away?” 

Read of the Day: Candide: or, The Optimist by Voltaire 

Click the photo to download and read a pdf version of this philosophical, comedic, and scandalous novella. 

“I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our more stupid melancholy propensities, for is there anything more stupid than to be eager to go on carrying a burden which one would gladly throw away, to loathe one’s very being and yet to hold it fast, to fondle the snake that devours us until it has eaten our hearts away?” 

Read of the Day: Candide: or, The Optimist by Voltaire 

Click the photo to download and read a pdf version of this philosophical, comedic, and scandalous novella. 


“Mario, what do you get when you cross an insomniac, an unwilling agnostic and a dyslexic?”"I give.""You get someone who stays up all night torturing himself mentally over the question of whether or not there’s a dog.” 

Read of the Day: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace 

Click the photo for a pdf version of this postmodern classic. 

“Mario, what do you get when you cross an insomniac, an unwilling agnostic and a dyslexic?”

"I give."

"You get someone who stays up all night torturing himself mentally over the question of whether or not there’s a dog.” 

Read of the Day: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace 

Click the photo for a pdf version of this postmodern classic. 


"There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind."

Read of the Day: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

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"There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind."

Read of the Day: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Click the photo for a pdf version of the novel.


"Revenge may be wicked, but it’s natural." —Vanity Fair

Read of the Day: Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

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"Revenge may be wicked, but it’s natural." —Vanity Fair

Read of the Day: Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Click the photo for a full-text version of the novel