We all have a Monster within; the difference is in degree, not in kind.
Happy birthday, Douglas Preston! The bestselling novelist comes pretty close to being a real-life Indiana Jones. A former instructor at Princeton University, he’s been on adventures all over the world. One of the most impressive? A journey into an ancient Egyptian burial chamber that had not been explored for over 3,000 years.
There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.
Happy birthday, Stephen Chbosky! The American author spent five years thinking about the main plot ideas that would lead him to write The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The main character, Charlie, is loosely based on himself, and “countless details” in the novel are taken from his own adolescence.
Body and soul, let’s all go / transformed into arrows! / Piercing the air / body and soul, let’s go / with no turning back.
August 15, 1982: On this day, Ko Un was released from prison under a general amnesty. The former Buddhist monk, who had been given a life sentence for resisting the South Korean military dictatorship, went on to become one of the most acclaimed poets in Korea.
The Wild still lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept.
July 25, 1897: On this day, Jack London set sail to join the Klondike Gold Rush. He would develop scurvy and lose his front teeth in the harsh conditions, but the experience would also inspire him to write the first of his successful fiction.
-Sarah Waters Happy birthday, Sarah Waters! As part of her research for her PhD thesis, the Welsh writer read 19th-century pornography. The unusual reading gave her the title for her debut novel, Tipping the Velvet.
We improve ourselves by victory over our self. There must be contests, and you must win.
June 27, 1787: On this day, between the hours of eleven and twelve at night, Edward Gibbon finished writing The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, which he had begun twenty years prior. He celebrated by taking a stroll in his garden.