The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out there.
Not long after midnight on April 14, 1965, the murderers depicted in Truman Capote’s true-crime book, In Cold Blood, were executed. The writer was in attendance.
Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
Historian Henry Adams (born February 16, 1838) published his memoirs, titled The Education of Henry Adams, privately. After his death they were reissued and won the Pulitzer Prize.
I’m uninterested in superheroes. I am only interested in real stories, real people, real connection.
~Jamie Lee Curtis
Happy birthday, Jamie Lee Curtis. We know the actress (born November 22, 1958) for her memorable film roles and as the daughter of screen stars Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. Happily her résumé and pedigree have not clouded her generous spirit: She’s a bestselling children’s book author, with her work focusing on self-esteem, family bonds, and other positive themes.
It’s not enough to be nice in life. You’ve got to have nerve.
Happy birthday, Georgia O’Keeffe. The celebrated modernist painter (born November 15, 1887) studied at the Art Institute of Chicago; taught art in Texas and South Carolina; lived with her husband, the photographer Alfred Stieglitz, in New York; spent time in Bermuda and Hawaii; and finally settled in New Mexico. Her autobiography, Georgia O’Keeffe, and published letters reveal the story of her extraordinary life.
A great speech is literature.
Peggy Noonan (born September 7, 1950) is the author of bestselling books on American history, politics, and culture, including What I Saw at the Revolution, When Character Was King, and The Time of Our Lives. She was a special assistant and speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan (Simply Speaking and On Speaking Well offer her tips and tricks), and she’s been a longtime columnist for The Wall Street Journal.
The reading of a fine book is an uninterrupted dialogue in which the book speaks and our soul replies.
André Maurois (born July 26, 1885) is remembered for his eloquent biographies of literary giants, including Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, Victor Hugo, George Sand, Honoré de Balzac, and Marcel Proust. The French writer (real name Émile Salomon Wilhelm Herzog) had a colorful life himself: He served in both world wars and was elected to the prestigious Académie Française.
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.
I believe in the magic and authority of words.
In the early 1930s, popular French poet René Char (born June 14, 1907) rubbed elbows with Pablo Picasso and Albert Camus, but when World War II brought German soldiers to his country, he put down his pen and said goodbye to his friends. Char joined the French resistance in 1940, leading troops and commanding a parachute drop zone under the nom de guerre Captain Alexandre.