45 – Kipling, Ashbery, Frost

January 26th 2013

Short Story:  How the Leopard Got His Spots by Rudyard Kipling

Here is a thoughtful analysis by Daniel Frankel

Poem:  And Ut Pictura Poesis Is Her Name by John Ashbery

In case that poem made no sense to you the first time you read it – How to Read John Ashbery by Meghan O’Rourke

Essay:  The Figure a Poem Makes by Robert Frost

44 – Keller, Frost, White

January 25th 2013

Short Story:  The Wrinkles by Troy Keller

Poem:  Directive by Robert Frost

“And if you’re lost enough to find yourself / By now, pull in your ladder road behind you / And put a sign up CLOSED to all but me.”

Here is an analysis of the poem by David Yezzi in the Wall Street Journal, and other here by Stranger Passing.

Essay:  Farewell, My Lovely by E.B. White

43 – Reddaway, Stevens, Defoe

January 24th 2013

Short Story:  The New Religion by Clare Reddaway

Poem:   The Snow Man by Wallace Stevens

Essay:  The Education of Women by Daniel Defoe

“The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond; and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear. And ’tis manifest, that as the rational soul distinguishes us from brutes; so education carries on the distinction, and makes some less brutish than others.”

41 – Anderson, Frost, Chesterton

January 22nd 2013

Short Story:  The Emperor’s New Suit by Hans Christian Anderson

Poem:  Carpe Diem by Robert Frost

“The present 
Is too much for the senses, 
Too crowding, too confusing- 
Too present to imagine.”

Essay:  On Running After One’s Hat by G.K. Chesterton

“The true optimist who sees in such things an opportunity for enjoyment is quite as logical and much more sensible than the ordinary “Indignant Ratepayer” who sees in them an opportunity for grumbling.”

“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”