Thursday, July 18, 2024

One of the excerpts on the Inman Square Literature Stroll hangs in the window of Inman Square Hardware in Cambridge. (Photo: Madeleine Aitken)

Walk on Cambridge Street in Cambridge’s Inman Square before the end of December and you can get some light reading in between errands. Just look for excerpts from poems and novels posted in storefront windows.

These posters are the work of Dave Golber, a self-described “literary snob” who was inspired by the annual Holiday Poetry Stroll posted around Harvard Square by Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters, Mass Poetry and the Harvard Square Business Association.


“I enjoyed what they did in Harvard Square and I wanted to bring it to Inman Square,” Golber said. “My impetus for doing this was to share quotes I love from books I love with other people.”

The excerpts include selections from Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness,” John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” and T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land.”

“These quotes that I picked, I’m very fond of,” Golber said.

To take the stroll, start at Punjabi Dhaba at Inman and Cambridge streets walk east along the north side of Cambridge Street. There are seven excerpts over about two blocks.

“My idea is that someone might see these, and think, ‘Oh, maybe I should go read this book I’ve always heard of,’ or even learn about a book they haven’t heard of previously for the first time,” Golber said.