The Fridge Idea

A silly idea to introduce a little culture into our apartment by posting literary quotes or odd bits of poetry on our apartment refrigerator has turned into an outreach effort to enlighten and stimulated the minds of our friends and the casual passersby. Each roommate will submit a weekly quote or image from literature, history, art, cinema, etc. You are invited to explore our weekly entries and to vote on the entry that will adorn our fridge for the next week. Perhaps you may begin by considering the cultural, historical, or artistic significance of each entry; what do you think we should “digest” this week. The selection criteria should remain quite elastic and be driven by you. Really, we just hope that on occasion we might inspire you to revisit a book you’ve set aside, memorize a bit of verse, rent a movie you haven’t seen, or stroll through a museum gallery. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Weekly Entries for Week of April 13-19, 2009

Entry 1

"Don Quijote, reading novels of chivalry" Engraving by Gustavo Doré

Entry 2

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
T.S. Eliot
Preface to Transit of Venus: Poems by Harry Crosby

Entry 3

One never can see, or not till long afterwards, why any one was selected for any job. And when one does, it is usually some reason that leaves no room for vanity. Certainly, it is never for what the man himself would have regarded as his chief qualifications.

C.S. Lewis, Perelandra

Entry 4

"Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore".

from The Raven, by E. A. Poe
This is just a taste of a great poem that everyone should read again.


  1. I am confused by entry 1. It isn't comparable to the quotes.

  2. I agree with Jess. Otherwise I like 2 and 3. I was never much for Poe, and crows are scary smart - haven't you seen that TED talk?

  3. I s'pose we're not supposed to say what we voted for, but I memorized "The Raven" in middle school, so...YAY!! Wish I could still remember it all...

  4. By not comparable, do you mean it's a visual image rather than a quote? If so, very astute observation;) Good job! I totally agree.

    Or if by "not comparable" you mean it does not fit a perceived, coincidental theme you see in the other submissions, sure.

    However, if by "not comparable" you mean it is not of equal quality or does not possess the potential to stimulate thought, reflection or at least a smile...well, that's another story.

    But of course, this is audience driven, so perhaps you will see the submitters test the waters and gauge the response.

    Thanks for visiting!