Marilynne Robinson on “the dance with language”

Author Marilynne Robinson is a true lover of words. In a recent New York Times Book Review essay, she divulged her love of the essentials of words, particularly in Emily Dickinson -- a poet of "parsimoniousness". As Robinson admits, with writing, she is drawn to that movement toward essentials, away from all secondary definitions, all … Continue reading Marilynne Robinson on “the dance with language”


Letter from a daughter, written 1725

Part of my day job involves combing through archives for digital cataloging and I don't often stumble upon many handwritten documents, but every blue moon or so, I do. That is why I'm excited to be sharing this letter preserved from 1725. The letter is written by the early American poet Jane Colman Turell (1708-1735) … Continue reading Letter from a daughter, written 1725

Marguerite Yourcenar, “Memoirs of Hadrian”

I just finished the fabulous read Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar (aka Marguerite de Crayencour – her pseudonym is an inexact anagram of her real name). It’s a delightfully astute book, deep and meditative. Not a perfect beach read per-se by some standards, but if you’re like me and appreciate the challenge of her … Continue reading Marguerite Yourcenar, “Memoirs of Hadrian”