Monday, August 08, 2011

Literature is so much more romantic than flowers. By: Alex Delotch Davis for


I don’t think of myself as a romantic; mainly because I don’t like flowers. They die…quickly. I don’t get it. I like things I can hold on to forever, timeless qualities like a really beautiful dress or a fine pen 
or a good book, or diamonds (I’m just saying). Those are all so much more romantic to me. 

So I was in Anthropologie the other day, and, before I go on let me just say, Anthropologie is a shrine to the ultimate femininity. I’ll share my theory on the power of the feminine some other time, but I walked in and felt like my truest ideas of romance were collected in this store. (They’re having a great sale on dresses by the way. Racks on racks of lovely, lovely dresses.)

On with it…so I was in Anthropologie and I came across a book by Paulo Coelho. I just read The Alchemist earlier this summer and I friended Paolo on Facebook so I’ve been reading his daily posts which are short and moving. So when I saw this book I just had to pick it up. It’s the most romantic thing I’ve ever seen and it has put me in a mood ever since. It’s called Inspirations and it’s an anthology of excerpts from some of the world’s greatest books. Each story is grouped according to the natural element that it most closely embodies – water, air, earth and fire.

 If you love literature like I do, this will make your heart sing. There are excerpts from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula as well as poems by Rumi and verses from the Bhagavad Gita. It opens with The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen and in the Air section, there is an excerpt from George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four; so many little pieces of splendid literature all in one tablet. So romantic!

“Emerson, used to say that a library was like a magic cabinet.  In books we find the best demonstrations of the human spirit, but in order for them to come to life, we need to open them and read them.”  - Paulo Coelho, Inspirations

By: Alex Delotch Davis for