Recommendations for short reading, as you escape your house/office for a mug of joe on the porch–a blog post, a short story, and a few speeches.
Women Artists in Brittany
Stunning images and stellar research about women who produced art while living in Brittany. If you love art or history or both, check out this post.
The Devil and Daniel Webster
First published in 1936, “The Devil and Daniel Webster” , a short story by Stephen Vincent Benét is in the tradition of devil folklore, a previous topic in this blog (see Emphatically a Bon-bonist or The Devil Take Tom Walker). I reread it just this past week. What a story!
Take note of the publication date. Be aware there is much mention of people and events of the past. If you are unable to identify Daniel Webster, Judge Hathorne, or John Calhoun, you may want to make use of this Wikipedia article (spoiler alert). I recommend you read the story before looking up anything.
Three former presidents spoke at the funeral for John Lewis on July 30. I read each of these speeches rather than listening to them. An orator’s greatest weapon is his or her voice. Often, when listening, I, distracted, do not catch all of the words.
Full text of President Bush’s speech here
Full text of President Clinton’s speech here
Full text of President Obama’s speech here
I have a standard reply to students who want to argue with me about a book they have not read. Read it for yourself.