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.
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.
Let us go forth with fear and courage and rage to save the world.
Grace Paley (born in the Bronx on December 11, 1922) was an American short story writer, poet, teacher, and political activist. Her Collected Stories was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Her other books included the short story collections The Little Disturbances of Man (1959), Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (1974), and Just As I Thought (1999).
Thank Goodness it’s Friday! Hope you’re having a wonderful day and looking forward to the weekend ahead!
All My Best,
This object that we hold in our hands, a book…that tactile pleasure, it’s just not going to go away.
Maggie Stiefvater (born November 18, 1981) worked as a wedding musician, a portrait artist, and a waitress—but it’s her bestselling fantasy novels that have catapulted her into the spotlight. Among the most popular are Shiver, Linger, The Raven Boys, The Raven King, and The Scorpio Races. And yet that hasn’t stopped her: She still makes music (with harp and bagpipes) and art (with Prismacolor pencils).
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.
Love, like fire, goes out without fuel.
Mikhail Lermontov (born October 15, 1814) was a Russian Romantic poet and author who died in a duel at 26 years old, but in his short life he proved himself a gifted thinker and was deemed the successor to the great Russian writer Alexander Pushkin. Among Lermontov’s last poems—considered masterpieces—are The Cliff, A Leaf, Argument, Meeting, and Prophet. He’s also remembered as a playwright (A Strange Man, Masquerade) and novelist (A Hero of Our Time).
I think that you’ve got to make something that pleases you and hope that other people feel the same way.
Thomas Keller (born October 14, 1955) is a Michelin three-star chef, famous for his exacting standards at restaurants like the French Laundry, Per Se, and Bouchon. He’s also the bestselling author of multiple cookbooks, including The French Laundry Cookbook, Under Pressure: Cooking Sous Vide, Ad Hoc at Home, Bouchon, and Bouchon Bakery—the last offering recipes for everything from French macarons and mille-feuilles to his take on Oreos and Hostess’s Ho Hos. It’s bedside reading with a glass of milk.
If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.
Elmore Leonard (born October 11, 1925) packed his popular westerns and crime thrillers with gritty details and realistic dialogue—no surprise, then, that many of his stories were made into blockbuster movies with Hollywood’s biggest stars. Think 3:10 to Yuma, Hombre, Valdez Is Coming, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Jackie Brown (a Quentin Tarantino adaptation of Rum Punch). Even before he was in the spotlight, though, Leonard—as a fifth grader in Detroit—wrote a play inspired by the book All Quiet on the Western Front.
Unlike baked beans, loaves of breads or Fuji apples, books once consumed, do not disappear.
John Sutherland (born October 9, 1938) has built a distinguished career as a British academic scholar specializing in Victorian fiction. He’s taught at schools like University College London and Caltech, written regular columns for The Guardian, and produced popular works on literary history (So You Think You Know Jane Austen?) in addition to titles that celebrate his lifelong passion (How to Read a Novel). His autobiography is called The Boy Who Loved Books—which simply says it all.