Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.
Happy 58th birthday, Ben Okri! As a teenager, the Nigerian poet and novelist lived through his country’s civil war. He originally wanted to be a physicist, but soon decided that poetry was his true calling.
Everybody talks about wanting to change things and help and fix, but ultimately all you can do is fix yourself. And that’s a lot. Because if you can fix yourself, it has a ripple effect.
Happy 70th birthday, Rob Reiner! The director of When Harry Met Sally… and The Princess Bride got his start as a writer on The Smothers Brothers.
If you love what you do and are willing to do what it takes, it’s within your reach. And it’ll be worth every minute you spend alone at night, thinking and thinking about what it is you want to design or build. It’ll be worth it, I promise.
On this day in 1975, the Homebrew Computer Club had its first meeting. Steve Wozniak was a founding member of this group of Silicon Valley computer hobbyists and says that it inspired the Apple I.
I suspect the truth is that we are waiting, all of us, against insurmountable odds, for something extraordinary to happen to us.
Before Khaled Hosseini (born March 4, 1965) became a novelist, he was a doctor. Even after his first book, The Kite Runner, was published, he continued to practice for another year and a half before deciding to write full time.
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.
What and how much had I lost by trying to do only what was expected of me instead of what I myself had wished to do?
Ralph Ellison (born March 1, 1914) took about six years to write his first novel, Invisible Man, which won a National Book Award. His second, Juneteenth, had a harder road. First, 300 pages of the manuscript burned in a house fire, then he wrote 2,000 pages that were pared down and published posthumously.
All your life, you will be faced with a choice. You can choose love or hate…I choose love.
When legendary musician Johnny Cash (born February 26, 1932) joined the Air Force, he wasn’t allowed to use his birth name, J.R., so he named himself John. Based in Germany during the Korean War, Cash was a Morse Code interpreter and became the first American to know of Stalin’s death.
Is it fair to have given us the memory of what was and the desire of what could be when we must suffer what is?
Happy 67th birthday, Neil Jordan! His original dream was to write fiction, but Jordan successful films soon overshadowed his novels—My favorite, Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair (1999), he’s written and directed The Crying Game, Michael Collins, and Breakfast on Pluto.