"I knew that the world around you is only uninteresting if you can’t see what is really going on. The place you come from is always the most exotic place you’ll ever encounter because it is the only place where you recognise how many secrets and mysteries there are in people’s lives” 
 David Malouf


Crash course in Shakespeare.  Source (and easier to view):

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice.

GREAT list! I have read all of these (except William F. Buckey, Jr.).  


When The Official Preppy Handbook was released in 1980, it contained a reading list of WASPy lit. Being obsessed with reading and lists, many of us here have read them all. Here’s the list in full. Which books have you read? What books should be added to this prestigious list?

PREP I: The Basic Reading List

*The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
*A Separate Peace by John Knowles
*A Good School by Richard Yates
*The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
*Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes
*Goodbye Mr. Chips by James Hilton
*Tea and Sympathy by Robert Anderson
*This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
*Love Story by Eric Segal
*The Headmaster by John McPhee
*Good Times/Bad Times by James Kirkwood, Jr.
*Rector of Justin by Louis Auchincloss
*The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
*Lawrenceville Stories by Owen Johnson
*The Belles of St. Trinian’s by Ronald Searle

*The Duke of Deception by Geoffrey Wolff
*The World According to Garp by John Irving
*anything by George Plimpton
*anything by William F. Buckley, Jr.


Save the date, and save the store! On Saturday, November 17, 12–8pm, we’re hosting a day-long book fair featuring drinks, music, and some of our favorite authors. We will share more details with you as they come. A big thank you to everyone for the incredible outpouring of support we’ve…

"People who count their chickens before they are hatched, act very wisely, because chickens run about so absurdly that it is impossible to count them accurately."
Oscar Wilde in Letter from Paris (May 1900)


Jennifer Egan’s Top Ten Book List

1. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing (1962).
2. The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard (1980).
3. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (1905).
4. Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys (1939).
5. Middlemarch by George Eliot (1871–72).
6. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952).
7. Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne (1759–67).
8. Underworld by Don DeLillo (1997).
9. Germinal by Émile Zola (1884).
10. Don Juan by Lord Byron (1819).

Visit the site to learn more about her life and work and to see the picks of 140 other leading writers:

Heart Jenny Egan.  Oh boy, more books that I need to read!

The chickens love corn on the cob. Here are Lorraine, Roz, and Dolly (left to right) enjoying a freshly picked cob.

The amazing paper wasp nest on our quince tree. It’s a huge wasp condo, like on the Upper East Side.


Perfume that smells like new books!

Paper Passion, a scent from Geza Schoen for Wallpaper* magazine, makes its wearers smell like freshly printed books. I suppose it can be alternated with “In the Library,” a perfume that smells like old books.

    Paper Passion fragrance by Geza Schoen, Gerhard Steidl, and Wallpaper* magazine, with packaging by Karl Lagerfeld and Steidl.

    “The smell of a freshly printed book is the best smell in the world.” Karl Lagerfeld.

It comes packaged with inside a hollow carved out of a book with “texts” by “Karl Lagerfeld, Günter Grass, Geza Schoen and Tony Chambers.”

More here.

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