Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.
Happy 77th birthday, Coleman Barks! Most English-speaking fans of 13th century mystic poet Rumi are readers of Barks’ interpretations. Barks is a poet and literature professor who paraphrases existing translations of the Rumi’s work.
And the rest is rust and stardust.
Vladimir Nabokov (born April 22, 1899) grew up trilingual, fully fluent in Russian, English, and French. He translated his own books and was fond of linguistic humor. He inserted “himself” in Lolita as Vivian Darkbloom, an anagram of his name.
There is nobility in the struggle, you don’t have to win.
Happy 78th birthday, Sharon Pollock! The leading Canadian playwright is best known for Blood Relations, based on the story of Lizzie Borden.
If you work really hard, and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.
Happy 51st birthday, Conan O’Brien! Before becoming a host of late-night TV, O’Brien was a writer on Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons.