I was moving some books around on my shelves tonight and dropped one. I remembered that scene in “Next Stop Wonderland” where the book shop owner advises the woman to read something out of a book she drops. Well this was a little book I’ve never read. It’s by Anna Quindlen, who has written some pretty decent novels including “One True Thing” which was later made into a movie. She was over at Schwartz books a few years ago and I happened in there, so I had a few copies of this little book signed by her as gifts. It’s called “A short guide to a happy life”. Anyway, the book fell open to this page in which she’s quoting a poet by the name of Gwendolyn Brooks (someone I’ve never heard of):

Exhaust the little moment
soon it dies

And be it gash or gold
it will not come

Again in this identical
disguise