You are what you read…


“Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.”  

  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book.”   – Groucho Marx


“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”   – Oscar Wilde




You are what you read


That is what he said

I read it today

On his blog

One of the lines

On his blog post

Re-reading Borges

Caught my attention

Waved that carrot

Of taking a line

For a walk

Across a snowy white sheet

Virginal papers – now splattered

With specks of black – letters

Letters forming words

Tony’s poem puts it out there

You are what you read

I think back to the diet of this year

My summer sustained by

Hemingway – a little light reading

Then on to Sinclair Lewis

Earlier in the year there were

Antoine Saint Exupery

The Little Prince – resplendent

En français et anglais

Speaking to me in my

Annual reading of each

Jasper Fforde for humor

There is always a generous

Helping of poetry on the menu

Baudelaire, Paul Éluard, en français

Recently discovered, Serge Roy

With a generous helping

Of Dorothy Parker and Neruda,

Razor sharp wit and passion

Books about writing – reminding

Me, to just write

Journal of a Swedish ancestor

Crossing the plains circa 1890’s

The book thief, several memoirs

Biographies of the great and everyday people

Tony, it is just as you say

You are what you read

A quote, books and an author…

“Whereas story is processed in the mind in a straightforward manner, poetry bypasses the rational thought and goes straight to the limbic system and lights up like a bushfire. It’s the crack cocaine of the literary world.” Jasper Fforde  –  (First among sequels)

This quote comes from a book I just finished reading. For those of you who have not yet discovered Jasper Fforde, perhaps this is the time. His Thursday Next series has been most enjoyable but also a tremendous stretch. I’ve never been into reading fantasy but would follow him right back into the Literary World he has created. The first book in the series, The Eyre Affair, our tour guide was none other than Miss Havisham who trained the intrepid Miss Next. Thursday is an excellent student and rapidly builds her reputation among the Literary Operatives of the book world. To date there are seven books in the series: The Eyre Affair, Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots, Something Rotten, First Among Sequels, One of Our Thursday’s is Missing and The Woman Who Died a Lot.

You can follow Thursday as she travels around hopping into this book or that, interacting with characters, story and text. Of course there is the evil nemesis The Goliath Corporation and they are always on Thursday’s heels. Due to great advances in the world of genetic engineering, cloning is a popular hobby and therefore, Thursday has a pet Dodo bird. Re-engineered Mammoths can be a menace to gardens in their path.    

For those of you who have not yet made your travel plans for August, you can join in on the festivities at the annual Fforde Ffiesta. It is located in the town of Swindon the hometown of Miss Next. This weekend of silliness is inspired by the works of Jasper Fforde.  This year, 2013 will be set in the year 2057. For more information on the event and the opportunity to meet Jasper Fforde check out this website:




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