Day 25 – Media Diet Roundup

I embarked on a 1000 days Media Diet this month which includes reading a short story and a poem every day for a thousand days. In this post, I’ll share what I’ve read on the first 25 days of this journey along with the links to read them for free.


Short Stories Roundup:

It is better to take baby steps when venturing something new, so I decided to start the first few days of this media diet with short stories that are, for lack of a better term, short. The American Literature website has a collection of classic short stories and features many lists and recommendations. I started off with the 75 short-short stories list and read 25 of them.

Here are the stories I read with links:

  1. The Eyes Have It – Philip K. Dick
  2. Wit Inspirations of the “Two-Year-Olds” – Mark Twain
  3. Clovis on Parental Responsibilities – H.H. Munro (SAKI)
  4. Lord Oakhurst’s Curse – O. Henry
  5. A Telephonic Conversation – Mark Twain
  6. Reginald on Worries – H.H. Munro (SAKI)
  7. About BarbersMark Twain
  8. The Dog – Banjo Paterson
  9. The Patient Cat by Laura E. Richards
  10. The Whistle – Benjamin Franklin
  11. A Country Cottage – Anton Chekhov
  12. The Night Came Slowly – Kate Chopin
  13. An Idle Fellow – Kate Chopin
  14. An Imperial Message – Franz Kafka
  15. The Haunted Mind – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  16. Amy’s Question – T.S. Arthur
  17. A Reflection – Kate Chopin
  18. The Aged Mother – Matsuo Basho
  19. The Doer of Good – Oscar Wilde
  20. The Dog and the Bees – Ambrose Bierce
  21. The Five Boons of Life – Mark Twain
  22. The Father – Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
  23. A Story from Confucius – Confucius
  24. The Shirt-Collar – Hans Christian Andersen
  25. The Wicked Prince – Hans Christian Andersen

Poems Roundup:

I received an advance review copy of the book “Poems To See By – A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry” by Julian Peters. This book contains 25 classic poems converted into comics.

Poems to See By - Julian Peters

I first looked up the poems mentioned in this book and read them online before reading the comics. Here is the list of poems with links where I read them:

  1. Hope Is a Thing with Feathers – Emily Dickinson
  2. Invictus – William Ernest Henley
  3. Caged Bird – Maya Angelou
  4. May My Heart Be Always Open – E. E. Cummings
  5. Somewhere or Other Christina Rossetti
  6. Those Winter Sundays – Robert Hayden
  7. Annabel Lee – Edgar Allen Poe
  8. Juke Box Love Song – Langston Hughes
  9. One Art – Elizabeth Bishop
  10. The Given Note – Seamus Heaney
  11. The Darkling Thrush – Thomas Hardy
  12. Choices – Tess Gallagher
  13. The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower – Dylan Thomas
  14. The World Is Too Much with Us – William Wordsworth
  15. Buffalo Dusk – Carl Sandburg
  16. Ozymandias – Percy Bysshe Shelley
  17. There Have Come Soft Rains – John Philip Johnson
  18. When You Are Old – W. B. Yeats
  19. Spring and Fall – Gerard Manley Hopkins
  20. Not Waving but Drowning – Stevie Smith
  21. Before the Battle – Siegfried Sassoon
  22. Conscientious Objector – Edna St. Vincent Millay
  23. Because I Could Not Stop for Death – Emily Dickinson
  24. The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock – T.S.Eliot
  25. Musee des Beaux Arts – W. H. Auden

This book releases on 31st March 2020. I loved how the artist used different colours, panel structure and drawing style for each poem. Each comic is interpreted in a way that suits the theme of the poem.

As a comic lover and a poetry newbie, I appreciated how this book illustrated lines from classic poems as comics followed by the full text of the poem. This book would be of interest to ardent poetry lovers and poetry beginners alike. Would highly recommend buying this book when it is published.


I realize that linking 50 short stories/poems in one post looks a bit cluttered (and was also quite cumbersome for me). So I’ll try to post a roundup of what I’ve been reading every fortnight from now on and try to add reviews/one-liners about each of them.

If you have any suggestions on this format or if you have any classic short story/poem recommendations, do leave them in the comments!

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