My Easter Greeting, 1915.
Elizaveta Martynova by Filipp Malyavin, 1897
Anna Akhmatova by Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, 1922.
“You will hear thunder and remember me, and think: she wanted storms…”-Anna Akhmatova
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”-Augustine of Hippo
I’m going on a road trip in June. I will likely arrive in Savannah with a lap full of granola bar crumbs and a stack of partially read books with sadly torn pages clawing at my ankles. My dreams of writing, in situ, many pages of deft and witty observations of what it means to take to the road on a wild adventure full of whimsy and wisdom, all whilst perfectly coiffed and lipsticked, will already be mouldering in a ditch somewhere in Tennessee. Perhaps quite literally. One can dream, though, and in these dreams my ideal and obsessively bookish packing lists take several forms. Up first: random shiny things that set the stage for the theme lists to follow.
In order to record fleeting yet worthy impressions:
Rachel Carson died on 14 April 1964.
“But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.”-Rachel Carson
Robert Browning by Michele Gordigiani, 1858.
Beautiful Vintage Photos of Bygone Bookstores [courtesy Flavorwire]
…you are still missed.
“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”-Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
John O’Hara died on 11 April 1970.
“They say great themes make great novels…but what these young writers don’t understand is that there is no greater theme than men and women.”-John O’Hara