Books are a big part of my life: paper books and audiobooks, magazines and newspapers. Some have been part of a common canon I shared with my parents; others are shared with friends. Some help me learn new things. Others offer an escape and a distraction. Sometimes the great ones fit all of the categories. There are so many that have enriched my life it was hard to pick just a few, so I’ve focused on books that give me a sense of place and that I’ve gone back to time and time again.
“it takes courage to grow up & become who you really are.”
- e.e. cummings
As a boy, poet e.e. cummings had a huge imagination. He loved to play tag, climb trees, and especially gaze out his window at Mother Nature. Inspired by everything around him, e.e. began to speak poetry, which his mother wrote down for him in a notebook. He played aloud with words to express his excitement for learning.
“...the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” - Jack Kerouac's On the Road
The Beats: A Graphic History tackles the generation of post-World War II writers who revealed an untold side of America while pushing censors' boundaries with their writing style.
"We are not impotent- we pallid stones.
Not all our power is gone- not all our fame-
Not all the magic of our high renown-
Not all the wonder that encircles us-
Not all the mysteries that in us lie-
Not all the memories that hang upon
And cling around about us as a garment,
Clothing us in a robe of more than glory."
---From "The Coliseum" by Edgar Allan Poe