You never realize how much of your background is sewn into the lining of your clothes.
Happy 86th birthday, Tom Wolfe! Though he is known for his dapper white suit and his association with New Journalism, the author also has an athletic side—in his college years Wolfe was a pitcher who earned a tryout with the New York Giants.
The great thing about being a writer is that you are always re-creating yourself.
~Martin Cruz Smith
Martin Cruz Smith (born November 3, 1942) is a bestselling mystery novelist known for his series featuring Russian investigator Arkady Renko (titles include Gorky Park, Red Square, and Stalin’s Ghost). He never rereads his books after they’re published. “All I see is shortcomings and errors,” he says. Early in his career he used various pseudonyms, transforming himself multiple times, with names like Simon Quinn, Nick Carter, and Jake Logan.
Yea, all things live forever, though at times they sleep and are forgotten.
H. Rider Haggard
Long before J.K. Rowling introduced readers to the villainous He-who-must-not-be-named, English writer H. Rider Haggard (born June 22, 1856) gave us She-who-must-be-obeyed, an ancient queen and sorceress, in his 1886 adventure novel, She.
Reading was a joy, a desperately needed escape — I didn’t read to learn, I was reading to read.
Happy birthday, Christian Bauman! In between serving in the United States Army and writing two successful novels about soldiers, he made a living as a a folk singer. For several years, he toured North America as a solo act and as part of the group Camp Hoboken.
To be a baby elephant must be wonderful. Surrounded by a loving family 24 hours a day…. I think it must be how it ought to be, in a perfect world.
Happy birthday, Daphne Sheldrick! The Kenyan-British author and conservationist created the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (in honor of her late husband). Today, the DSWT operates the most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world.
Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.
~José Ortega y Gasset
How many philosophers can say they have a fruit named after them? Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset (born May 9, 1883) can! German grape breeder Hans Brieider was so impressed with Ortega y Gasset’s work, he named a grape variety Ortega in the philosopher’s honor.
There are some works so luminous…so powerful that they give us strength, and force us to new undertakings. A book can play this role.
Hervé Le Tellier
Happy birthday, Hervé Le Tellier! The French writer and linguist became a notable name in his home country after the publication of Les amnésiques n’ont rien vécu d’inoubliable, a collection of 1,000 short sentences that all began with “Je sense que…” (“I think that…”).