Ellery Queen: The Adventure of the Seven Black Cats (1934)
This story was hard to resist from the first sentence on:
The tinkley bell quavered over the door of Miss Curleigh's Pet Shoppe on Amsterdam Avenue, and Mr Ellery Queen wrinkled his nose and went in.He goes on to solve the dastardly crime, of course. A fun story, and I think it's the first I've ever read of Ellery Queen, which seems ridiculous, but there it is. I'm woefully ignorant of Ellery Queen so I just looked him up, and apparently the stories were jointly written by two cousins who used Ellery Queen as both the nom-de-plume and the name of the main character. I'm sure everyone else already knew this, but I didn't. It was a great idea.
Emily Dickinson: The Soul Selects Her Own Society (about 1862)
The Soul selects her own Society —Then — shuts the Door —To her divine Majority —Present no more —Unmoved — she notes the Chariots — pausing —At her low Gate —Unmoved — an Emperor be kneelingUpon her Mat —I’ve known her — from an ample nation —Choose One —Then — close the Valves of her attention —Like Stone —
Melanie Joosten: Notes on Writing and Doing Good
This was an interesting and well-written essay about Joosten's thoughts on her own writings. I'm not sure what it has to do with the subject of the book (old age), but it was worth reading.