Currently Reading, an Extract: Flowers For Algernon

Dr Strauss says I shoud rite down what I think and remembir and evrey thing that happins to me from now on. I dont no why but he says its importint so they will see if they can use me. I hope they use me becaus Miss Kinnian says mabye they can make me smart. My name is Charlie Gordon I werk in Donners bakery where Mr Donner gives me 11 dollars a week  and bred or cake if I want. I am 32 yeres old and next munth is my birthday. I tolld dr Strauss and perfesser Nemur I cant rite good but he says it dont matter he says I shud rite just like I talk and like I rite compushishens in Miss Kinnians class at the beekmin collidge center for retarted adults where I go to lern 3 times a week on my time off.  Dr Strauss says to rite a lot evrything I think and evrything that happins to me but i cant think anymor because I have nothing to rite so I will close for today…. yrs truly Charlie Gordon.

Flowers For Algernon

Poetry: My Talk by Glyn Maxwell

I never did quite get round to the poem for you.
I mean i never got round to the poem for her.
I was going to write one, I fully intended to.
I guess we were busy being what we were.
And whoever’s trailing me out to the end of this line
probably doesn’t think he or she has need
of a guide to tour these ruins, would be just fine
alone with earphones or a sheet to read
abstractedly in the lemon-grey sunrise.
And he or she would be right. In fact right now
I can see he and she: they are meeting each other’s eyes
and edging away from my talk, the have met somehow
by mutual mouthing of the sweet /so what/,
/no more to say/, their attitude agree
as they drift together away in the dust while you lot
stay to the end, which means the world to me.

Another recommendation by Xena

Review: Being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself by Eileen Rockefeller [2013]

Before reading Being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself all I knew of the Rockefeller’s, or any members of the American ‘aristocracy’ for that matter, was from Thoroughly Modern Millie (one of my favourite films.) There is a scene in the second half of the film where the protagonist, Millie, is paying a taxi driver on behalf of the clueless Miss Dorothy, as she carefully counts her change – not leaving a tip – the cab driver retorts sarcastically, “well it’s not everyday you meet a Rockefeller and a Vanderbilt.” I should have realised then, if you are mentioned in popular culture, you’re big.

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