"Read, read, read, read, my unlearned reader!"*: A Commonplace
Updated: Jan 25
"Occasionally, I’ll commit to memory a poem by one of my favorite poets — Marie Howe, say, or Jean Valentine — and for a spell I know the sound of her words intimately, almost like a heartbeat. All of this is thanks to Doctorow and what he taught me: Read deeply, steal what you can and always listen for the music." S. Kirk Walsh, January 9, 2021, "How the Author of 'Ragtime' Taught an Aspiring Writer to Hear the Music," New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/09/books/review/e-l-doctorow-virginia-woolf-music-literature-language.html?referringSource=articleShare
"Friday afternoons found Ruth at her local Library, which was housed above a Chinese restaurant and a beauty parlor. While her mother had her hair done downstairs, Ruth would savor her time in the library, the delicious smell of spices wafting up from the restaurant while she read Greek myths and books such as The Secret Garden and Louisa May Alcott's Little Women." My Own Words, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams
"Young Gwen came from a family of readers and book lovers, and announced early on that she intended to become a poet." Karen Grigsby Bates, NPR, May 29, 2017, Remembering the Great Poet Gwondolyn Brooks at 100
*Source: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, Laurence Sterne.