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Virtual Coteries Only

Hello! I hope you are having a happy reading life amidst social distancing. Along the theme of upending normalcy, this week I picked up a book outside my genre comfort zone: a play.

Once,  I confessed to my husband (who loves plays) that I usually skip through the stage directions and just focus on the dialogue. He was appalled. This time I made sure to read all the words, including the italics. Arcadia by Tom Stoppard was quick—only two acts—and funny. It’s hard to describe what happens in the play, but there’s plenty of wit, irony, and humor. Not to mention all the new words!

Below you’ll find just one of the words I found in Arcadia. The definition comes from the New Oxford American Dictionary. Following the definition is a sentence I wrote to try out the word on my own.


“No coterie can oppose the acclamation of the reading public” (12).

Definition: Noun, a small group of people with shared interests or tastes, especially one that is exclusive of other people.

A coterie of poets descended upon the large table at the back of the cafe for their readings, but that was two weeks ago. Now they meet online, and it’s just not the same.

How has your reading life changed lately? Share in the comments, and happy reading!



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