PES Friday: This Week’s Recommended Reads – 3/16/2018


I just came back from one of the best vacations of my life, but of course, the Universe has its way of balancing things out. Between a mountain of work awaiting my return and a sudden sinus infection, I’m calling it close to ‘even,’ Universe!

Alright, enough shaking my fist at the clouds. I’m playing catch-up with the writing, but I managed to squeeze in my reading regimen during the trip. Here are the past week’s picks.

Poem

A Poison Tree by William Blake

I was angry with my friend;
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.
The thing about this poem that strikes me is…I can’t tell if it’s advocating forgiveness or spite. 🙂

Essay

Of Riches by Sir Francis Bacon

For certainly great riches, have sold more men, than they have bought out. Seek not proud riches, but such as thou mayest get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and leave contentedly. Yet have no abstract nor friarly contempt of them.

Getting rich ain’t a bad thing. It’s what you do with those riches that marks your moral character.

Short Story

How Ryan Got Out of Russia by Lord Dunsany from Gods, Men and Ghosts 

It was tough picking a good short story this week, but How Ryan Got Out of Russia has got to be one of the best I’ve read in the past few months. If you are fan of fantasy and all-around weird fiction, and you haven’t read Dunsany…pick this up! Only one more story left for me in this anthology and I can’t wait to grab another one with his other stories. It’s obvious why he was such a huge influence on many a fantasy writer, including Tolkien and C. S. Lewis.

Happy Friday!

-Phillip

4 thoughts on “PES Friday: This Week’s Recommended Reads – 3/16/2018”

  1. I wonder with Blake’s poem, if he is counseling that expressing one’s “wrath” makes it end but holding it only allows it to grow. With friends, we often tend to “clear the air” if we feel we have reason to be angry; not so much with foes … we tend to stay away from those 😉
    Sorry that you’re sick, Phillip, but you’ll get better faster if you rest, rest, and rest 🙂

    1. I think you make a great point about the poem, Marie! And thank you for the well-wishes. Definitely resting when I can!

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