Thursday, October 27, 2005

Book Sweet Book




"I have lost all sense of home, having moved about so much. It means to me
now--only that place where the books are kept."

John Steinbeck, novelist,Nobel laureate (1902-1968)


I am feeling this quote! Jean Toomer, American writer and thinker, also considered himself "locomotive." I've moved around quite a bit in my life as well, but I have finally settled down in one place. Really, I have. Besides, I have the bookshelf to prove it.

7 comments:

baysuite said...

Glad you are finally settled, Stephen. There is something about a bookshelf that says 'home'. It's odd, I suppose. Once, last year, I bought a book of poetry by Langston Hughes and, as I walked back to my car from the book store, I felt as if Langston and I were walking hand in hand. Books are often tied to who we are, where we've been and what we feel. It's a beautiful thing, indeed.

Have a great day,
Bay

Stephen Bess said...

Bay,That's a nice image. :)
I went to this affair last night honoring Langston Hughes. He lived here in DC for a while and worked as a busboy and other odd jobs. I just bought a collection of Paul Laurence Dunbar's works. Those are two very interesting dudes. Thanks for stopping by.

baysuite said...

Paul Lawrence Dunbar is one of my favs, too, I gotta say. His works are what first sparked my love for Negro poetry when I was just in elementary school. I am (originally) from Dayton, Ohio and I think we heard more about him there than a lot of other places might. Will there ever be any other poets like these guys???

Peace,
Bay

Stephen Bess said...

Yes, Bay...you.

baysuite said...

Awww!!! Sniff, sniff! Don't MAKE me get all teary-eyed! I'm a sensitive sort!

Peace,
Bay

Sumeeta said...

What a wonderful quote! Thanks so much for sharing it. Have a great Halloween weekend!

Stephen Bess said...

Sumeeta-
I hope that you had a great holiday weekend. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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