Hi all. Jeff here. I wanted to provide a little background about the blog.
For the first 10 years, I wrote analyses of the various books, poems, and essays that I read. These can be found from the menu bar or using the Search feature. Since then, I have changed the format and now use this space as a place to share quotes that I read which I think are thought-provoking or inspiring. Hopefully, you too will find something that sparks your interest.
Now for some basic housekeeping information. Comments are encouraged, but I do moderate them and all comments are subject to my approval. While I love and encourage debate, I do not tolerate comments that attack, vilify, or insult any individuals or groups. Comments that fall into this category will not be approved. Finally, to keep the spam bots to a minimum, I only keep the comments open for 2 weeks following publication of the posts.
One last thing. I believe in the democracy of ideas and information. That said, you are welcome to quote from my posts, but please just be respectful and give me credit in a citation or provide a link to the blog.
Enjoy, and keep on reading!
30 responses to “Background”
I like what you read, Jeff!
Thanks!! And I have to say, your blog is great. I’m also very interested in symbolism. I look forward to following your posts.
Thanks for liking my Wind in the Willow post. I’ve just signed up for your blog and look forward to reading it. Really like what I’ve read so far.
Thanks! You post was great, by the way. I love environmental interpretations of literature. I also looked closer at your blog and see you are a fan of Baudelaire also. Started following your blog too. Look forward to reading more. Cheers!!
You rock, Jeff! Cool blog, great books covered, discussed.
Thanks again. And I have to say that I am enjoying the discussions with people such as yourself on literary topics. It’s like being in college without the stress. 🙂 Cheers!!
what margaretjean said! and yes, like college without the stress. 🙂
Thanks for reading my post on suspending belief at the movies and in the theater. I see you like Dave Barry. Dave once set out to write a mocking piece on fat, middle-aged women who worshipped the fat, middle-aged Elvis Presley. After a number of interviews, he was so moved by these women he decided not to mock them. He departed from his usual work and wrote a rare tribute that was warm and sincere and very unlike Dave Barry. Best of luck with your work.
Thanks for your comment. I confess I have read very little by Dave Barry (a handful of newspaper articles). In fact, the only reason I read that article (and wrote about it) was because a friend suggested I read it prior to my first colonoscopy. Best wishes for the New Year! Cheers.
A most interesting blog; always good to see someone willing to make the effort to unselfishly express their appreciation of what they like.
Thanks for your comment and for following my blog! I’ve had people tell me that I should start putting ads and stuff on my blog to try making money from it, but really, I am already fortunate enough to make my living as a writer. This blog allows me to share my love of reading with others and provides an outlet for me to write about things I read, which is something I love to do. Cheers!
Regarding ads and what-not, obviously that has to be a personal choice, but anything that helps promote good literature, writing, and other topics of interest can only be a good thing, and in the long-run, be a reward in itself.
I write book reviews too! Giving you a follow – return the favor? Come join in the fun at my blog, http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com 🙂 gracias!
I like your eclectic reading with the strong literary elements. The poetic pieces are is particular interest for me at the moment. I am a novice blogger who is trying to wrestle through recent life challenges and literature is an important healing tool. I guess that’s why the classics become “classics”.
LOL! I’ve been doing this for years and still feel like a novice. I checked out your blog and it looks good. Interested in reading some of your future posts. I know what you mean by the “classics,” although the term conjures images of boring books and pompous poems. Honestly, I like the so-called classics because many of them address universal truths that are part of the human experience. Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope you have a great day.
Pleased to have found your blog Jeff and I look forward to lots more reading here. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (drop a nickel).
Hey Thom. Thanks for the comment. I’ll be sure to check out your blog as soon as I get a break from work 🙂
Always glad to find another avid reader – and you’re a musician too!
I’ve always viewed music and literature to be closely related. Glad you liked my blog. Cheers!
I find literature to be an adventure and music, the artistic accompaniment.
I’m a big fan of anyone who effortlessly jumps from deconstructing Homer to Star Wars graphic novels. Fantastic blog mate 🙂
Thanks! It’s always great to meet someone who understands my eclectic reading habits. Cheers, and thanks for the follow.
To help bring new faces past your wonderful work, your taste in written work is open-minded and inspiring, I’ve nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award over here:
I hope it helps your audience grow.
Please don’t feel pressured to follow through with Nominating others, we all have tight schedules, I understand. 🙂
Thank you, Rebecca! That means a lot to me. As far as my reading goes, yes, I do try to read broadly and keep an open kind. I took a quick look at your site and I’m definitely intrigued. I plan on going back and looking more closely once the weekend arrives and I’m not crushed with work. All the best! – Jeff
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Hi Jeff. I just came across an article that mentions “Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal” and thought it might be something you’d read. Seems intriguing – http://www.patheos.com/blogs/carlgregg/2011/11/mutants-and-mystics/#puvR5pD9JobElyIz.99.
Hi Jamie. Just got back from two weeks of traveling around Spain. Wow, this book sounds great! Thanks for the recommendation. I’m especially intrigued by the fact that Promethia is mentioned (in my opinion, the most mystical of any graphic novel). By the way, visiting the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is yet another mystical experience. Cheers!
Olá Jeff, adorei sua interpretação, me fez viajar!
Greetings from Brazil
Thanks for your exposition on ‘The Punishment of Pride.’ I first heard that phrase in a Don Henley (Eagles co-founder) song, ‘Driving With Your Eyes Closed’, which mentions Rimbaud, Baudelaire, The Death of Lovers and The Punishment of Pride. I think Don reads a lot. I always wondered what he was alluding to. I know you’re busy, but if you get a minute, I would appreciate any thoughts you have on the matter. Thanks again. Jim Dunne.