One of the first modern Western philosophers, René Descartes (born March 31, 1596) consciously sought to break with thinkers of the past. He was also an influential mathematician who developed Cartesian geometry and laid the path for calculus. >
Laughter is wine for the soul – laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness – the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.
When Irish playwright Seán O’Casey’s play The Plough and the Stars opened at the legendary Abbey Theatre in Dublin, audiences rioted. The controversy was good for business, and increased ticket sales allowed O’Casey (born March 30, 1880) to turn to writing full time.
I’ve named everything that I’ve ever owned. Real or inanimate, I have to give it a first and last name. Everything in my apartment comes alive at night.
Happy 53rd birthday, Amy Sedaris! She has put on plays with her brother, essayist David Sedaris, written books on hospitality that walk a fine line between satirical and sincere, and created a cult TV series, Strangers with Candy.
The first duty of wine is to be red. Don’t talk to me of your white wines.
Henry Murger (born March 27, 1822) was definitely adhering to the dictum of “write what you know” when he penned Scènes de la Vie de Bohème, a novel about being a poor writer in a Parisian attic. It is the basis for the opera La Bohème and the contemporary musical Rent.
Open your heart. Someone will come. Someone will come for you. But first you must open your heart.
Happy 50th birthday, Kate DiCamillo! The author of Because of Winn-Dixie is currently the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a biannual honor from the Library of Congress that was established in 2008.
I’ve got the guts to die. What I want to know is, have you got the guts to live?
When he was 21, Tennessee Williams (born March 26, 1911) was a struggling writer with a job he hated at the International Shoe Company. Determined to succeed, he wrote a story every single weekend for three years.
I live for coincidences. They briefly give to me the illusion or the hope that there’s a pattern to my life, and if there’s a pattern, then maybe I’m moving toward some kind of destiny where it’s all explained.
Happy 50th birthday, Jonathan Ames! The writer first found fame with his funny yet depressing columns for New York Press; he has gone on to write novels and created the HBO series Bored to Death.