The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.
During a five-decade literary career, American poet and political activist Muriel Rukeyser (born December 15, 1913) produced work rich with commentary on human rights issues and inequalities of gender, race and class. Her more than a dozen poetry collections reacted to events including the Spanish Civil War and American aggression in Vietnam. One of her last poems, The Gates, was written after she traveled to South Korea to protest the imprisonment of poet Kim Chi-Ha.
Let us go forth with fear and courage and rage to save the world.
Grace Paley (born in the Bronx on December 11, 1922) was an American short story writer, poet, teacher, and political activist. Her Collected Stories was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Her other books included the short story collections The Little Disturbances of Man (1959), Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (1974), and Just As I Thought (1999).
Men really do need sea-monsters in their personal oceans
On December 5, 1941, John Steinbeck’s nonfiction book, The Sea of Cortez: A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research, was published. Co-authored by Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts, the work was written shortly after the pair’s voyage to the Gulf of California to study aquatic life. In 1951 it was republished as The Log from the Sea of Cortez. Ricketts was the inspiration for the character Doc in Steinbeck’s Cannery Row.