Occasionally (i.e. a few times a week), receive an immaculately-sourced, short quote or excerpt from the best writers of this and any other age.

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  • Every work is chosen from my reading because it resonates with me, personally. I’m not farming for subs.
  • Every piece is independently sourced and verified…no need to consult the Quote Investigator (though I highly recommend their work anyway).
  • Every author linked to the author’s page, Wikipedia entry, or other useful site.
  • Every work dated as precisely as possible
  • All links future proofed using URL reflector
  • Did I say no advertising, no commentary, and no tracking?


A few of the writers you will see in the newsletter:

Richard Hugo, Yevgeny Zamyatin (translated by Mirra Ginsburg), Sally Gardner, James Galvin, Shirley Jackson, Diane Ackerman, Iris Murdoch, John Steinbeck, Brady Udall, Monica Youn, George Eliot, Siri Hustvedt, Ciaran Carson, Edith Wharton, Dorianne Laux, Jenny Lawson, John Corey Whaley, Teju Cole, Toni Morrison, Margaret Atwood, Yanyi, Elif Batuman, Joseph Conrad, Carson McCullers, Karen Russell, Jim Jarmusch, Iris Murdoch, Christopher Hitchens, John Cheever, Jay Parini, Tracy K. Smith, Hanif Abdurraqib, Fyodor Dostoevsky (translated by Constance Garnett), Nicholas Carr, William Butler Yeats, Terrance Hayes, Anne Lamott, Kei Miller, Donna Tartt, William H. Gass, Jessamyn West, John Fante, Walter Van Tilburg Clark, Alain Finkielkraut (translated by Judith Friedlander), Bob Thurber, F. H. J. Newton, Garth Risk Hallberg, Sigrid Undset, Rita Dove, Henry David Thoreau, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and more…