PES Friday: This Week’s Recommended Reads – 9/7/2018

Okay, the exciting news is a bit delayed due to technical difficulties…so let’s just say it’s coming soon since that word is pretty flexible these days. 🙂

Poem

Tithonus by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Thy sweet eyes brighten slowly close to mine,
Ere yet they blind the stars, and the wild team
Which love thee, yearning for thy yoke, arise,
And shake the darkness from their loosen’d manes,
And beat the twilight into flakes of fire.

This poem makes more sense with a little Greek mythology background. Even without, Alfie has a way with words…Wow.

Essay/Article

The Man Who Saved Havana by Tony Perrottet in Smithsonian Magazine (May 2018)

Above all, the voracious autodidact haunted the libraries. “It was in the silence of the library that I learned the love of books as objects, and their fascinating contents,” he says, poring over works of the ancient Roman engineer Vitruvius and the Renaissance architect Palladio. “I am what I read in those books!”

A very intriguing story of how Eusebio Leal, an impoverished young man, became the official historian of Havana and convinced Fidel Castro to incorporate some very capitalist methods to save a crumbling city.

Short Story

Outlaws by Ron Rash

I read a lot of great stories this week, so another hard pick, but I finished Ron Rash’s excellent Something Rich and Strange and this story was the perfect way to end it.

Happy Friday!

-Phillip

3 thoughts on “PES Friday: This Week’s Recommended Reads – 9/7/2018”

  1. When I was in a bookstore in Asheville, NC, a couple of years ago, I saw a number of books by Ron Rash. I was very tempted to purchase one, given the blurbs about his writing. I didn’t in part because I didn’t know which book to pick. Your review helps 🙂

    1. Thanks, Marie! I knew nothing about him and really only picked up his collection because it was marked down quite a bit at B&N. What a steal… Definitely a gifted writer and worth reading if you get a chance!

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