If your new year’s resolution to become more scholarly? There is a little cafe at the Barnes and Noble store in Clifton, New Jersey where the ambiance itself is flowing with knowledge. As you listen to the intellectual conversations of the patrons who attend this cafe, you will feel more intelligent. This is the perfect cozy place to invite friends to talk about religion, politics and science as they sip a warm cup of coffee, coco or tea.
The mural in this coffee shop will inspire you since it includes intellectual writers such as Parker, Faulkner, Steinback, Eliot, Singer, Kafka, Neruda, Hughes, Tagore, Hurston, Woolf, Chandler and Lawrence. All of these literary geniuses are sitting at tables. While some are conversing, others look like they are engaged in deep thought. This mural may make you reminisce about your college days when you studied these authors. Perhaps your favorite writer is included on this wall.
Most of the authors on this wall painting are males but in no way does this denote that the artist was sexist. During this time, there were few female novelists, but there was one that stood out, Virginia Woolf. She holds her rightful place on this mural, for she was a feminist by nature. Woolf, who was born on January 25, 1882 in England, used feminist themes in her works. You can see how strong the female characters are in her novel, “To the Lighthouse.” She portrayed her female characters as having powerful roles that extended beyond domestic life. When died on March 28, 1941 in England, she left the world the legacy of her works that are still read and discussed today. She was a lady who was ahead of her time.
In the past, most male authors portrayed women merely as wives who raised a family, but D.H. Lawrence was the exception. Lawrence, who was born on September 11, 1885, depicted the female characters in his novels as intelligent and complex. In his novel, “Women in Love,” he delves deep in the female consciousness defining relationships between women and men as complex. His female characters had dreams that did not only include falling in love, getting married and raising a family. In fact, his female characters were parallel to his male characters. D.H. Lawrence died on March 2, 1930 in France, but his brilliant mind still lives on through his literary works that are still discussed by intellectuals today.
After your trip to the Barnes and Noble cafe, you will no longer feel like a procrastinator. You may even decide to read those books that you put off for so long. After seeing the mural of writers, perhaps you may even be inspired to write the great American novel.