Twenty-four quotations about the Yale Book of Quotations

March 31, 2015
“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.” –Francis Bacon, Of Studies   “Dictionary, n. A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of language and making it hard and inelastic. This dictionary, however, is a most useful work.” –Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic’s Word Book »

In Limbo

December 1, 2013
Gourmet Heaven, like the heaven in the sky, means something different for each of its customers. It’s a cheap hot breakfast. It’s 90 varieties of artisanal chocolate. It’s a box of cookies from every country in the European Union. It’s your favorite sandwich. It’s where you go between Toad’s and your bed. It’s caffeine at »
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September 8, 2013
Cameron Chase, 13, has never been to school. He has never shown up for a state-mandated multiple-choice test, never bubbled in answers, never awaited results to find out where he stands in relation to others his age. He has never sat in September homeroom. He has never felt first-day butterflies while scoping out fellow students, »

Letters from Sichuan

April 4, 2012
“There’s a letter here for you, Aaron,” said my mother as I lugged my third suitcase into my freshman dorm. “For me? We just got here!” “See? For you.” She handed me a folded piece of paper with torn edges. The outside was, in fact, marked “For You.” It’s strange to think of Danting Li »