I want to understand you,
I study your obscure language.
Russian poet Alexander Pushkin (born June 6, 1799) was part of the country’s literati from age 15. By 26, he had begun publishing the serialization of Eugene Onegin, his novel in verse. By 37, he was dead, killed in one of the 29 duels that he fought in his short life.
Talk between women friends is always therapy…
Jayne Anne Phillips
Happy birthday, Jayne Anne Phillips! After earning her B.A at West Virginia University, the American writer embarked on a cross-country road trip to California. Instead of driving a direct route, she stopped to take on odd jobs and meet new people. Phillips would later use many of those experiences in her writing.
Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.
July 16, 1951: J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye was published 64 years ago today. The novel’s title is actually a misquote of sorts—the result of narrator Holden Caulfield mishearing Robert Burns’ poem, Comin thro’ the Rye.
A tiger doesn’t proclaim his tigritude, he pounces
Happy birthday, Wole Soyinka! The Nigerian playwright and poet was imprisoned for 22 months during the Nigerian Civil War. His captors refused to provide him pen and paper, but Soyinka somehow managed to write poems, essays, and letters anyway.