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Beyond the Horizon


Eugene Gladstone O’Neill was born October 16, 1888 in a hotel room off Broadway, in what is now Times Square, to a stage actor father. You might say theatre ran in his veins.

In his early twenties he dedicated his life to writing plays. He began with one act plays; soon he was writing full-length plays. But it was February 2, 1920 that he truly caught our attention. February 2, 1920 Beyond the Horizon, debuted at the Morosco Theatre in New York. The Play would go on to win him the 1920 Pulitzer Prize for drama–the first of four Pulitzers won in his lifetime.

Of course, his life was every bit the drama portrayed on the stage. Despite the fact he remains one of America’s most celebrated playwrights, his life possessed the makings of a great tragedy.

. . . in a nutshell, you see.

If you’d care to delve deeper into the life and work of Eugene O’Neill, check out PBS American Experience & Eugene O’Neil.

Valentine’s Day + book lovers

We’ve reached the last week of January. That can mean but one thing–Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. If you’re wondering what to get your bookish Valentine, here are a few ideas to get you on your way . . .


1 | Ah, the city of love. If you can’t take your Valentine to Paris this year, how about giving him/her three vintage issues of The Paris Review?

2 | Chocolate.  Extra credit if that chocolate is wrapped with the likes of a quote from Pride & Prejudice {via the Literary Gift Co.}.

3 | Roses are such delicate fellows. Paper roses, on the other hand, are a bit more tenacious. Plus, there’s the whole paper and words bit we love so much. But do be warned: bibliophiles tend to be a persnickety lot. If you go this route, do make certain the books used were obscure, unwanted works, not otherwise salvageable. Wouldn’t want your Valentine gift to backfire, you know.

4 | If you, yourself, are a bibliophile, you may want to give a card that states your undying love, such as this one from Grey Moggie Press. To love someone more than the smell of old books? It doesn’t get more serious than that.

5 | What says love quite like a book of love poetry? Exactly. Love Poems from Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets, perhaps  . . .

6 | Of course, you cannot go wrong with a lovely edition of your Valentine’s favorite author/book.  Just look at this First Thomson edition of Pride & Prejudice.

7 |  You might consider a little something for your Valentine’s bookshelves–these {Cupid’s} Arrow bookends from Design Atelier Article, for instance.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Today, in the U.S., we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.

In honor of the occasion, here’s a list of books and authors that inspired Dr. King–most of which can be downloaded for free.  It’s not an exhaustive list, mind you (no books on Gandhi, for example). Nonetheless, the following are works he studied, returned to, learned from, and taught . . .

Civil Disobedience | Henry David Thoreau | “[Civil Disobedience was my] first intellectual contact with the theory of nonviolence and resistance.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Social Contract | Jean Jacques Rousseau

The Nature and Destiny of man | Reinhold Niebuhr  | “Niebuhr helped me to recognize the complexity of man’s social involvement and the glowing reality of collective evil.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Bible | “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Republic | Plato

Nicomachean Ethics | Aristotle

The City of God | Augustine (“on the law of Heaven and Earth”)

Summa Theologica | Thomas Aquinas

The Prince | Niccolo Machiavelli

Leviathan | Thomas Hobbes (“Of the Natural Condition of Mankind”)

Treatises on Civil Government | John Locke

 Critique of Practical Reason | Immanuel Kant

Principles of Morals and Legislation | Jeremy Bentham

Utilitarianism | John Stuart Mill


The Formative Influences of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,Peace Magazine v17

Dr. King’s ‘Social Philosophy Seminar outline,’ The King Center

Warm wishes to you and yours


And we’re off . . . on Christmas holiday, that is!

We wish you the happiest of holidays. May the coming days be filled with peace and joy, good food and conversation, family and friends–and of course, a good book or two.

With that, we “pray, dear [sir/]madam, another glass; it is Christmas time, it will do you no harm” (William Makepeace Thackeray, The Kickleburrys on the Rhine).

See you in the New Year!

Gifts for book lovers

I had every intention of being all fancy and compiling gift ideas for book lovers.

Of course, why turn a new leaf this late in the game; I’ve been a slacker all year, why stop now? Not to mention, book lovers are so easy. If all else fails, buy them books–or something to keep their books in place.

Like these fabulous giraffe solid brass bookends from Sexy Trash Vintage . . .

giraffe_bookendsSee? Boom! You’re done.


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