PES Friday: This Week’s Recommended Reads – 2/16/2018

Poem In Memory of Major Robert Gregory by W. B. Yeats A touching eulogy about a man whose life was cut short much too soon in World War I. Memorable stanza: Some burn damp faggots, others may consume The entire combustible World in one small room As though dried straw, and if we turn about, The bare chimney is gone black …

PES Friday: This Week’s Recommended Reads – 2/9/2018

Okay, pretty sure I’m putting this up on the correct day now…My apologies if there was any confusion regarding yesterday’s erroneous post. I wrote this a day early since I won’t have time to write it up on Friday (which to you, is today, but tomorrow for me, but you’re reading this today…oh, time, you crafty thing). Guys, the writing …

PES Friday: This Week’s Recommended Reads – 2/2/2018

Given that I spend every day reading and studying poetry, essays, and short stories (from here on out, I’ll annoyingly refer to them collectively as PES), I thought it would be fun to post a small blurb each Friday about my favorites pulled from the prior week. Really, just another excuse for me to stay relevant on my own blog. …

The Not-So-Antisocial Person’s Guide to Conversing With the Dead

Good answers require good questions. But, just as many people aren’t prepared to ask good questions, not everyone is prepared to provide good answers. If I wanted to learn how to sail a boat, would I rather consult Magellan or the Skipper from Gilligan’s Island? Knowing this, I usually skip the office cafeteria during lunch hour, head out to the dim …

A Writer’s Hygiene – 1,000 Nights of Short Stories, Poetry, and Essays

I seem to be a glutton for challenges these days. Inspired by Ray Bradbury’s short story advice, I’m two-and-a-half weeks into one of his other (paraphrased) suggestions: Every day, for the next 1,000 days, read one short story, one poem, and one essay. That’s just a small part of this amazing speech he gave in 2001. Spend some time watching …

Book Review – The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer

When you gather data, you become informed. When you read, you develop wisdom. With The Well-Educated Mind, Susan Wise Bauer gracefully takes up the torch long held by Mortimer J. Adler, and becomes the modern advocate for purposeful reading. She gives us her own interpretation of what it means to “read well” and, thankfully, holds our hand a little more …

Book Review – The Oresteia by Aeschylus (Robert Fagles Translation)

Zeus has led us on to know, the Helmsman lays it down as law that we must suffer, suffer into truth. The Oresteia was written by our man Aeschylus during a golden age of Athens. Art and civility began to flourish at this city upon a hill, not long after a set of ravaging wars with the Persian empire. In …