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London - Edward Rutherford
Only a sighting. It is peeking out of a bookcase. (kitchen cupboard?) It's an historical novel about, well, London!
The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Crucible - Arthur Miller
Beowulf - Beowulf

Architecture - The Frank Lloyd Wright book

The Diary of Anne Frank - Anne Frank
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

How Do I Know I'm Gay? - unknown
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
Grace is reading a book - was it A Tale of Two Cities again?

The Fasting Cure - Upton Sinclair

The Enneagram Workbook: Understanding Yourself & Others - Klausberndt Vollmar
The Great Gatsby -F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anne Tyler's new book

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
Women's Soccer: The Game and the World Cup - Jim Trecker (Editor), Charles Miers (Editor), Hank Steinbrecher (Contributor), John Polis (Contributor)
Gingerbread Houses: Baking and Building Memories - Nonnie Cargas
Inside the Third Reich: Memoirs - Albert Speer
The Art of War - Sun Tzu
Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger

Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
Spoon River Anthology - George Gray, from Spoon River Anthology, by Edgar Lee Masters

Karl Vennberg
Edgar Lee Masters (1868–1950). Spoon River Anthology. 1916.
64. George Gray
I HAVE studied many times
The marble which was chiseled for me—
A boat with a furled sail at rest in a harbor.
In truth it pictures not my destination
But my life. 5
For love was offered me and I shrank from its disillusionment;
Sorrow knocked at my door, but I was afraid;
Ambition called to me, but I dreaded the chances.
Yet all the while I hungered for meaning in my life.
And now I know that we must lift the sail 10
And catch the winds of destiny
Wherever they drive the boat.
To put meaning in one’s life may end in madness,
But life without meaning is the torture
Of restlessness and vague desire— 15
It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.

Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

Harry Potter
by J.K. Rowling. We see this held by Lily who apparently read some of it to Zoe in bed.
Women's Soccer: The Game and the World Cup - Jim Trecker (Editor), Charles Miers (Editor), Hank Steinbrecher (Contributor), John Polis (Contributor)

Divorce Handbook - James T. Friedman
King Lear - William Shakespeare

The Unfinished Business of King Lear
A comparison between Shakespeare and Once and Again

Dramatis Personae

Lear, King of Britain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Phil Brooks
King of France, suitor of Cordelia . Christie Parker
Duke of Burgundy, suitor of Cordelia . . . . . . Editors
Duke of Cornwall, husband of Regan
Duke of Albany, husband of Goneril . . Jake Manning
Duke of Kent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rick Sammler
Earl of Gloster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barbara Brooks
Edgar, son of Gloster . .Aaron Brooks, Lily Manning
Edmund, bastard son of Gloster .Jake Manning, Sam
Curan, a courtier
Oswald, steward to Goneril
Old Man, tenant to Gloster . . . . . . .the Tannenbaums
Doctor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dr. Scheck, Dr. Frankel
Fool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grace & Zoe Manning
An officer, employ’d by Edmund
Gentleman, attendant on Cordelia . . . . . Uncle Manny
A Herald
Servants to Cornwall
Goneril, daughter to Lear . . . Judy and Aaron Brooks
Regan, daughter to Lear . . . . .Judy and Aaron Brooks
Cordelia, daughter to Lear . . . .Lily & Grace Manning
Knights, attending on Lear . . . . . . . . . .Jake Manning
Officers, Messengers, Soldiers,
Attendants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mourners

In the opening scene of the “Unfinished Business” episode of Once and Again, Grace is rehearsing her lines for the school production of William Shakespeare’s King Lear. Cordelia’s lines are committed to memory but they clearly have no more meaning to the innocent teenager than “blah, blah, something, something” as she insensibly recites them at her Grandpa’s bidding. Over the next few days, her life changes forever and she finally comprehends Shakespeare’s words as she tends her Grandpa’s deathbed. The use of King Lear in "Unfinished Business" and the following episode, “Strangers and Brothers,” goes far beyond the appropriateness of Cordelia's lines for Grace, however. Many parallels can be drawn between the classic play and these episodes of the television series created by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz.

Lear divides his kingdom among his children and then expects them to support him for the rest of his life. Phil is able to retire and live on the payments Jake and Lily make on the restaurant.

Lily and Cordelia are each their father’s favourite child. Cordelia tells King Lear that she loves him only as much as a daughter owes her father. Lily tells Phil that giving her money for the divorce lawyer doesn't give him the right to make her decisions. Although both fathers react with anger, these daughters eventually prove they love their fathers most. Lear's other daughters briefly take in their father and his knights before turning them out of their homes. Phil tried to visit Aaron in Daddy’s Girl, but was turned away. After picking him up from the hospital, Judy just drops Phil off at her sister's and quickly exits. Cordelia looks after her ill and dying father, as does Lily. Lear brings 100 knights, who are not welcome in his daughters’ homes. Jake visits Phil but is not wanted in Lily’s home. She doesn’t like that Jake still shares a close relationship with Phil, particularly when she catches them plotting in the background. Grace and Lily feel guilt over their treatment of Phil. Judy, and presumably Aaron, does not. Lily loses sleep over an argument with her father, while Judy believes that to be normal. Lear and Cordelia are reconciled before their deaths, as are Grace and Lily with Phil. Judy is unable to reconcile the many differences she has with her father because she is in denial that he is dying. Aaron doesn’t even appear until the funeral.

Cordelia has several suitors, most of whom withdraw their offers when she is disinherited. The King of France marries Cordelia in spite of her lack of a dowry and then takes her off to France when she should be at home looking after her father. Lily’s ‘suitors’ are Rick, Jake, Christie and the Editors who have already rejected Lily. Phil points out that Rick and Jake should be fighting over her, but they are too civilized for that. Christie hires Lily as her assistant even though her qualifications are outdated and she lacks the sort of experience needed at Lily already feels guilty that fighting with her father caused his first stroke and it is during one of the job interviews that Phil suffers a second one. Grace shares her mother’s guilt, feeling that she missed the signs that could have prevented her Grandpa’s death.

Phil has a series of progressively worsening strokes that destroy his brain. Despite being driven mad by grief and anger, Lear has more of an understanding of the situation than others realize. Cordelia and Lily see their fathers’ moments of clarity, such as when Phil tells Lily that he lent Jake $100,000. In an effort to provide for them, Lear divides his kingdom among his daughters, not their husbands as would have been the custom of the time. Phil had recently changed his will. When he began to accept the divorce, he realized that he had to take care of Lily because Jake was no longer in a position to do this. In fact, he felt that he had to protect Lily from Jake. Cordelia cries when she hears about her father’s problems but then takes control. Although Phil made decisions for Lily, rather than teaching her how to make them for herself, Lily emerges as the leader of the family. Lily ends up with Barbara’s power of attorney which gives her the power to fire Jake at a time of her choosing.

Shakespeare's Fool speaks some of the wisest words in the play, knowing the true characters of people. We wouldn't expect wisdom from children either, yet it is Grace who realizes that Grandpa is already gone, helping Lily decide it is time to end his life. Zoe reminds Lily that life goes on, by asking if she may wear her blue dress to a friend’s party. The most unlikely character inadvertently explains why Lily displayed both a Menorah and a Christmas tree: Zoe says that Grandpa was Jewish and Grandma isn’t. She also knows why the mouse has two buttons. When Lily is on the computer, before the phone call about the accident, Zoe says "right click" and pushes the button to make a menu pop up. Lily's asked her to explain and afterwards said, "I always wondered why there were two buttons." It is common knowledge that most children know how to use a computer better than their parents, but it's used here to show that children are much wiser than they are usually given credit for.

The Earl of Kent is banished for supporting Cordelia and Rick feels uncomfortable in Lily's house when Jake is there. Kent is put in stocks outside the castle and Rick can only see Lily outside the hospital. Kent shows concern when Lear and the Fool go out into a storm and Rick calls to ask how Phil and Grace are, after their accident on a rainy night. Kent is involved in the French invasion which will return Cordelia to England. Rick feels like an intruder in Lily’s house. There is a scene with the Duke of Albany, his wife and her lover where the men appear to be quite civil to one another, but the tensions are obvious, as they are during Rick and Jake’s very modern meeting at Lily’s.

Lear and the Earl of Gloster have been friends for a very long time and Phil and Barbara have been married for 43 years. Gloster is blinded but actually sees more than others think. Although Barbara is very scattered and withdrawn by the shock of Phil’s stroke, and her children do not think she is capable of making decisions, she surprises them with her announcement that she has already told the doctors to remove Phil’s life support. It was her decision to make but she gave Lily, Judy and Jake the time they needed to come to the same conclusion on their own.

Goneril and Regan both take Edmund, the Earl of Gloster’s illegitimate son, as their lover. Judy is secretly having an affair with Rick’s friend, Sam Blue, as indicated by her curly ‘happy hair.’ Edmund tries to discredit his legitimate half brother, replacing him in his father’s eyes. Jake became Phil and Barbara’s ‘son’ after Aaron had to be institutionalized. Edmund takes his father’s title, Earl of Gloster, when it should go to the legitimate Edgar. Jake runs the restaurant named Phil’s and thinks of it as his own despite the Brooks family retaining majority ownership. Aaron is schizophrenic. Gloster doesn’t see that the lunatic beggar is really his son Edgar. Barbara seems to have shut Aaron out of her life, not acknowledging him as her son. She feels closer to, and relies on, Jake. Edgar leads Gloster, cares for him, becomes his eyes. Barbara finally shows some emotion when Aaron says that he wants to go to Florida for her. Edgar reveals Edmund’s treachery just as Aaron’s outburst causes Jake to show aggression, albeit in an attempt to protect his children, when what is really needed is a calm voice, which can only be provided by his real siblings. Edgar disguises himself as a lunatic beggar, to get closer to his father. It is only after Phil’s death his true relationship with Aaron is discovered: Phil had secretly taken his son to the restaurant every week on Jake’s night off. Edmund dies. Barbara gives her proxy to Lily, rendering Jake powerless.

The Duke of Albany remains loyal to Lear while his wife and her sister are not. Jake believes that Phil’s suffering should end by taking him off the respirator while Lily and Judy are still considering their own loss. Albany inherits the kingdom because everyone else is dead, but then offers it to Kent and Edgar. Jake continues to manage the restaurant because no one else in the family wants to, but Lily makes it clear that she is in control. She can fire Jake any time she wants and it will be a place where every member of her family is welcome. Kent, Albany and Edgar become allies (brothers) after Lear dies. Jake reaches out to Rick, who now sees Jake as a person with feelings. Plans are made to keep Aaron more actively in his family.

As might be expected from the producers of Shakespeare in Love, there are some conscious nods to the Bard as well, the most obvious one being the use of King Lear as a play within the play. Phil says, “Bravo,” to Grace. The emergency room doctor does a Shakespearean flourish of a bow when Phil compliments his nose. Shakespeare's words are woven into the plot. King Lear is a true tragedy, ending with nearly all of the main characters dead. Although Phil dies, “Unfinished Business” and “Strangers and Brothers” end with the hope of a new beginning for the family.

Copyright 2001 Catherine Challenger

King Lear - William Shakespere
The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss
My Brilliant Career - Miles Franklin

Jane Eyre -
Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Saint Maybe - Saint Maybe, by Ann Tyler

Harry Potter - by J.K. Rowling

Little Women -

Hundertwasser Architecture: For a More Human Architecture in Harmony With Nature - Hundertwasser, Angelika Muthesius (Editor), Angelika Taschen (Editor)
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King Lear - William Shakespere
The Chicago Tribune -
Slender Thread: Rediscovering Hope at the Heart of a Crisis - Diane Ackerman
-- Debra -- Is Lloyd Lloyd so depressed, because he has no hope of ever being Rick, that he needs a suicide hotline?

Lucky Jim - Kingsley Amis
-- Debra -- This satire of postwar British academia was not Debra's first choice, but she changed it on Judy's suggestion. Debra is really a more serious person.

The Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
-- Judy -- Judy sees herself as a munchkin, but more objective Karen sees her as Dorothy. Judy has had the power to be happy all along but didn't know it. Judy finally realizes this and tears up Sam's photos while "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" plays. She is now open to finding happiness and letting it find her.

The Bhagvad Gita -- mustache man -- an epic Sanskrit poem which is the essence of Hindu teachings, upon which the current film, The Legend of Bagger Vance, is based.

In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences - Truman Capote
-- Rick and Jake -- That Rick and Jake pick the same book hows they are more similar than Lily thinks. The murderers hadn't accomplished much individually, but together they achieved, um, greatness. Future projects could be Rick helping with another restaurant renovation or becoming a co-father to Jake's girls.

The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane

A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

Christ in Concrete: A Novel - Pietro di Donato
-- David -- Set during the Depression, it is about Italian immigrants who are "brilliant and passionate people literally being crushed by architecture." I don't think David chose this one just to impress the girls as I can see him reading this book while dealing with Miles.

The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

Absalom, Absalom! - William Faulkner

As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner

Bridget Jones's Diary: A Novel - Helen Fielding

The Rules: Time Tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right Ellen Fein, Sherrie Schneider
-- Christy -- Christy chose this book as a joke, referring to it as science fiction, when it is intended as a serious dating manual by its authors. Christy is too insecure to tell anyone her real favorite book and that inability to open up may be the real reason why she isn't in a serious relationship.

100 Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur S. Golden

Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson

My Life and Loves - Frank Harris
-- Tracy -- A very erotic book written by a friend of Oscar Wilde. She's just what Jake's looking for in a girl.

A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving

The World According to Garp - John Irving

House - Tracy Kidder
-- Lloyd Lloyd -- Building a house is a metaphor for the American Dream. The reviews say you should read this before you build a house which could mean that Lloyd has aspirations of being an architect/Rick. Lloyd enjoys reading this book, but Rick wouldn't have to because he could have written it. Lloyd will never be an architect and will never get Karen.

I Know This Much is True - Wally Lamb

Landscaping books
-- Judy & Will -- Judy suggests Will read them, he rejects the idea and later sneaks a peek in order to surprise her with what she wants. He doesn't want to be seen reading books, hiding the fact that he really is interested. Perhaps something, maybe his family, in Will's past has conditioned him to read in secret.

The Creation of Patriarchy - Gerda Lerner

Spoon River Anthology - Edgar Lee Masters
-- Judy -- The book is about dead people and Sam is now dead to her. It wasn't meeting him that helped her lift her sail, it was getting over him.

Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
-- Judy has the same romantic problems as Scarlet. She is in love with a married man that she can't have and this has blinded her to the fact that an available man is falling in love with her and that she could love him if she would allow herself to.

Healing and the Mind - Bill Moyers
-- Judy and Karen -- Karen is helping Judy to heal.

The Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling

The Stranger Beside Me - Ann Rule
-- Jake -- Ted Bundy is described by a coworker as having "magnetic power, his bleak compulsion, his double life, his string of helpless victims." I'm not suggesting that Lily, Tiffany and the new blond are about to be murdered, but it does describe Jake's track record with women. It was his employee, the bartender, who identified Jake's picture on the Booklovers board.

Frannie and Zooey - J.D. Salinger
-- Judy -- About an adolescent girl having a nervous breakdown, Judy can relate to this book because she feels frustrated by never being able to do things well enough in the eyes of her big sister.

East of Eden - John Steinbeck

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain

No book
-- Lily -- That Lily couldn't reveal her favorite book to Rick could be indicative of her not being able to entirely open up to him yet. Another possibility is that Lily simply reads less than would be expected of someone who has owned a bookstore and edited magazines. She commented that Rick's choice of In Cold Blood was a "pretty dark" choice, which is a common misconception among people who haven't read the book.
Making the Band

Emo (sticker on Eli's guitar)
Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

Last Night in Paradise: Sex and Morals at the Century's End - Katie Roiphe

Ozymandias - P.B. Shelley
Ozymandias - Percy B. Shelley
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
I am Not Going to Get Up Today! - Dr. Seuss
"My bed is warm, my pillow's deep.
Today's the day, I'm going to sleep."
The Shining - Stephen King

Bleak House - Charles Dickens

Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd(Illustrator)

Korean War history book

Auntie Mame - Patrick Dennis

Upton Sinclair Literary Review
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Office Politics (Complete Idiot's Guides)
- Alpha Development Group, Bob Rozakis, Laurie E. Rozakis, Rosemary Maniscalco

National Velvet - Enid Bagnold

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum

What Would Machiavelli Do: The Ends Justify the Meanness by Stanley Bing
- Lily quotes, "How do you get people to do what you want? How do you force people who work for you to be loyal only to you? You set them at one another and watch them rip out one anothers' throats."

Franny & Zooey - J. D. Salinger

How to Succeed in Business Without a Penis: Secrets and Strategies for the Working Woman - Karen Salmansohn

Slapstick: Or Lonesome No More! - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

The Way We Were

The Jerry Springer Show

Mrs. O'Leary's cow and the Chicago fire

Love's Labour's Lost - William Shakespeare

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Red Tent - Anita Diamant

Ozymandias - P. B. Shelley



Clever the way they kept the Biblical motif of last night's episode alive even through this, the book "The Red Tent" which is by Anita Diament and is her fictional weaving around "the red tent," the place where women gathered during their cycles of birthing, menses, and even illness.'s review says "this sweeping piece of fiction offers an insider's look at the daily life of a biblical sorority of mothers and wives" and is told in the voice of Jacob's daughter Dinah who offers entre to the "fascinating feminine characters who bled within the red tent." It is a story of sisterhood and motherhood and daughterhood. And that's what O&A really is! -- wordvixen6

The book has a prologue which ends with the word "Selah." And the very last word of the book is also "Selah." We have our Sela's word for it that her name is Hebrew for "Hallelujah" or "Amen," and "Selah" is just a variation of the spelling. -- Kyblue52

The Tell Tale Heart - Edgar Allen Poe
  - Jane Austen

  - Charlotte Bronte

  - Books about Pyramids

  - e e cummings

Three Little Pigs -  

(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding - Elvis Costello

The Other End (of the Telescope)
by Elvis Costello and Aimee Mann

Shall we agree that just this once
I'm gonna change my life
Until it's just as tiny or important as you like?
And in time we won't even recall that we spoke
Words that turned out to be as big as smoke
As smoke that disappears in the air
There's always something that's smoldering somewhere
I know it don't make a difference to you
But oh! It sure made a difference to me
You'll see me off in the distance, I hope
At the other end
At the other end of the telescope.
The promise of indulgence in my confidential voice
Approached immortal danger but you'll never know how close
Then down the hall I overheard such a heavenly choir
They interrupted my evil designs
One day you are up in the clouds
The next thing you're down with the Sweet Adelines
Lie down baby now don't say a word
There there baby your vision is blurred
Your head is so sore from all of that thinking
I don't want to hurt you now
But I think you're shrinking
You're half-naked ambition and you're half out of your wits
Or several tiny fractions that this portrait still omits
And it's so hard to pick the receiver up when I call
I never noticed you could be so small
The answer was under your nose but the question never arose
I know it don't make a difference to you
But oh! It sure made a difference to me
'Cause late in the evening as I sit here moping
With a bamboo needle on a shellac of Chopin
And the cast-iron heart that you failed to tear open
At the other end
At the other end of the telescope

  - Jean-Paul Sartre

  - Simone De Beauvoir

Comic books  

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis

Chicago Poems - Carl Sandburg

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
They put on a Lord of the Rings show.
Aaron played Frodo and Strider;
Lily, Lady Lórien;
Judy, the all-purpose Hobbit.

The Upton Sinclair Literary Review

The Miracle Worker
Star Wars
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë

Ethan Fromme - Edith Wharton

Toys in the Attic - Lillian Hellman
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers

Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart & Rekindle the Spirit - Jack Canfield (Editor), Mark Victor Hansen (Editor)
Ozymandias - Percy B. Shelley

Hamlet - William Shakespeare
"The lady doth protest too much..."
Actual quote: "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." - From Hamlet (III, ii, 239)
Description from
Queen Gertrude speaks these famous words to her son, Prince Hamlet, while watching a play at court. Gertrude does not realize that Hamlet has staged this play to trap her and her new husband, King Claudius, whom Hamlet suspects of having murdered his father. She also does not realize that the lady who "doth protest too much" is actually herself, as the Player King and Queen represent King Hamlet and Queen Gertrude. The former will be poisoned (in this play within the play) by the king's brother, as in reality (Hamlet suspects) Claudius killed King Hamlet. Gertrude's statement is in response to the play-Queen's repetitive statements of loyalty to and love of her first husband.

Reader's Digest Complete Do-It-Yourself  
Travels with Lizbeth - Lars Eighner

The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison

Weddings for Complicated Families: The New Etiquette - Marjorie Engel

The Woodchipper Murder - Arthur Herzog

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Baby name book -  

The Awful Truth - by Patrick J. Conway

Miles Davis-Kind of Blue - by Hal Leonard (Editor), Miles Davis (Hardcover - September 2001)
-also a musical reference

The Chicago Tribune

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People -- by Stephen R. Covey

Emily Dickinson

Grace's Diary

Marcel Proust

I Ching
Tiffany quotes: "If the superior man undertakes something and tries to lead, he goes astray, but if he follows . . ."

The Musketeer.
Japanese monster movie, possibly Gamerra vs Monster Zero.

VH1 - The Go Go's are back together.

Augie Meyers
Baby name book -  

The Awful Truth - by Patrick J. Conway

Miles Davis-Kind of Blue - by Hal Leonard (Editor), Miles Davis (Hardcover - September 2001)
-also a musical reference
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich
Marcel Proust
Goustave Flaubert
Sister Carrie, by Theodore Dreiser

TV References:
Nixon on Laugh-In

Art References:
Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) - sculptor, architect, painter

Franceso Borromini (1599-1667) - architect
Borromini started off working for Bernini but they eventually became rival architects in the Baroque period. The hotel's original design shows Baroque influences but Sam's designs are distinctly modern. -- cac120

Stanley Tigerman (b. 1930)

Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
2nd Century "great big stone foot"

As You Like It - William Shakespere
With Mr. Dimitri as its producer/director, the play "As You Like It" isn't just a study of Shakespeare, it's a lesson in the consequences of ruthless ambition. By the time he chose his cast, Grace no longer wanted the role of Rosalind because she despised herself for what she had done in pursuit of it. But now that she has it, she must play it and must give it her all because the show must go on. And in the process, she's likely to be miserable every minute. This, even more than the poetry of Shakespeare's verse, is what Mr. Dimitri wants her to remember. -- Kyblue52

Nickel and Dimed
On (Not) Getting By in America
- Barbara Ehrenreich

Hey Jude - Beatles
Penny Lane - Beatles


Strong Man Competition
As You Like It - William Shakespere
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging : Confessions of Georgia Nicolson - Louise Rennison

The Best Baby Shower Book : A Complete Guide for Party Planners - Courtney Cooke
John Adams - David McCullough
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
Playpal - magazine

Legends of the Fall, directed by Edward Zwick, produced by Marshall Herskovitz & Edward Zwick

News Channel
Love Lines -  

Back When We Were Grownups - Anne Tyler
- Charles M. Schulz

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
- Lewis Carroll


White Rabbit
- Jefferson Airplane

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook
- Ella Fitzgerald

- Carole King

A Christmas Album
- Barbra Streisand
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen


by John Donne

COME, madam, come, all rest my powers defy ;
Until I labour, I in labour lie.
The foe ofttimes, having the foe in sight,
Is tired with standing, though he never fight.
Off with that girdle, like heaven's zone glittering,
But a far fairer world encompassing.
Unpin that spangled breast-plate, which you wear,
That th' eyes of busy fools may be stopp'd there.
Unlace yourself, for that harmonious chime
Tells me from you that now it is bed-time.
Off with that happy busk, which I envy,
That still can be, and still can stand so nigh.
Your gown going off such beauteous state reveals,
As when from flowery meads th' hill's shadow steals.
Off with your wiry coronet, and show
The hairy diadems which on you do grow.
Off with your hose and shoes ; then softly tread
In this love's hallow'd temple, this soft bed.
In such white robes heaven's angels used to be
Revealed to men ; thou, angel, bring'st with thee
A heaven-like Mahomet's paradise ; and though
Ill spirits walk in white, we easily know
By this these angels from an evil sprite ;
Those set our hairs, but these our flesh upright.
    Licence my roving hands, and let them go
Before, behind, between, above, below.
O, my America, my Newfoundland,
My kingdom, safest when with one man mann'd,
My mine of precious stones, my empery ;
How am I blest in thus discovering thee !
To enter in these bonds, is to be free ;
Then, where my hand is set, my soul shall be.
    Full nakedness !  All joys are due to thee ;
As souls unbodied, bodies unclothed must be
To taste whole joys.   Gems which you women use
Are like Atlanta's ball cast in men's views ;
That, when a fool's eye lighteth on a gem,
His earthly soul might court that, not them.
Like pictures, or like books' gay coverings made
For laymen, are all women thus array'd.
Themselves are only mystic books, which we
—Whom their imputed grace will dignify—
Must see reveal'd.   Then, since that I may know,
As liberally as to thy midwife show
Thyself ; cast all, yea, this white linen hence ;
There is no penance due to innocence :
To teach thee, I am naked first ; why then,
What needst thou have more covering than a man?

A Book for Precocious Grown Ups, by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight

The Late Show with David Letterman
Night Line with Ted Koppel
Lady and the Tramp
A Midsummer Night's Dream - by William Shakespeare
On Love - Anton Chekhov
Here is a link to the story Grace read from in "Experience is the Teacher." The title has been translated from Russian as "About Love" rather than "On Love", as it was called EITT.

Beowulf - Unknown

Grendel - John Gardener

Rashomon - A film by Akira Kurosawa

Fireweed :
A Political Autobiography (Critical Perspectives on the Past) by Gerda Lerner

Jake and Tiffany's vows:
by Raymond Carver

From the window I see her bend to the roses
holding close to the bloom so as not to
prick her fingers. With the other hand she clips, pauses and
clips, more alone in the world
than I had known. She won't
look up, not now. She's alone
with roses and with something else I can only think, not
say. I know the names of those bushes

given for our late wedding: Love, Honor, Cherish--
this last the rose she holds out to me suddenly, having
entered the house between glances. I press
my nose to it, draw the sweetness in, let it cling--scent
of promise, of treasure. My hand on her wrist to bring her close,
her eyes green as river-moss. Saying it then, against
what comes: wife, while I can, while my breath, each hurried petal
can still find her.

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