Flawed, imperfect creatures! That’s what we both are, oga! That’s what we ALL are!
Happy birthday, Nnedi Okorafor! In high school, she was a star tennis player, but surgery to correct her scoliosis derailed her hopes of becoming a pro athlete. During her lengthy recovery, she picked up writing as a replacement hobby. Today she’s an award-winning author of several adult and children’s books.
Happy birthday, Ama Ata Aidoo! While she studied at the University of Ghana, she wrote her first play, The Dilemma of a Ghost. The play was published a year later, making her the first published African woman dramatist.
Writing is learning to say nothing, more cleverly each day.
Irish poet William Allingham (born March 19, 1824) achieved a moderate level of fame during his lifetime, but he is best remembered for his posthumously published diary, which was edited by his wife. The diary details his entertaining encounters with Alfred Tennyson, Thomas Carlyle, and other famous writers.
It is the very mark of the spirit of rebellion to crave for happiness in this life
March 13, 1891: On this day, Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts opened in London. The play’s frank discussion of incest, religion, and euthanasia was not well-received at the time. King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway even found it necessary to tell the playwright that Ghosts was not a good play.
And also don’t forget, the reason opportunity is often missed is that it usually comes disguised as hard work.
February 14, 1971: On this day, Clifford Irving claimed he received a call from notoriously reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, agreeing to collaborate on an authorized biogrophy. The American writer used this story to secure a six-figure advance from his editors. But in reality? It was all a hoax. Instead of talking with Hughes, Irving had been enjoying Valentine’s Day in Oaxaca, Mexico with his Danish pop star girlfriend, Nina van Pallandt.
If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.
Happy birthday, Mo Willems! After graduating from college, the American writer and artist spent a year traveling all around the world. He drew a cartoon a day, and eventually published them in his book You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When It Monsoons: The World on One Cartoon a Day.
German playwright Bertolt Brecht (born February 10, 1898) claimed he learned the most about writing and performing from a clown—a specific clown named Karl Valentin. The two worked together at beer-halls, shortly before Brecht found fame in Munich.
Happy birthday, Michael Pollan! The American author and journalist got us all thinking about what’s for dinner—or, more accurately, what should be for dinner—in his 2006 nonfiction book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.
American writer Gertrude Stein (born February 3, 1874) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but spent most of her life in France. Her most famous book, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, is a memoir of her years in Paris, written in the voice of Toklas, her life partner.
I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness.
February 2, 1941: On this day, American writer Aldo Leopold caught a chickadee with the band number 65287 for the fourth year in a row on his family’s farm. He let it go again—and then started writing one of his first nature essays as a tribute to the tiny creature.