I have to see a thing a thousand times before I see it once.
July 9, 1937: On this day, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote a letter to Thomas Wolfe, advising his fellow author to write shorter novels. Wolfe responded with a letter eight times as long as Fitzgerald’s.
Look at the sky: that is for you. Look at each person’s face as you pass them on the street: those faces are for you. And the street itself, and the ground under the street, and the ball of fire underneath the ground: all these things are for you.
Happy 43rd birthday, Miranda July! The multi-faceted artist’s oeuvre is a testament to trying your hand at everything—she has made work as a writer, musician, filmmaker, actor, and visual artist.
What are men to rocks and mountains?
April 1, 1816: The Prince Regent enjoyed Jane Austen’s novels, but he requested that she try her hand at a historical romance with less satirical and humorous elements. Austen was not amused. On this day, she wrote to the Prince Regent, “I could not sit down to write a serious romance under any other motive than to save my life.”
The past beats inside me like a second heart.
Happy 70th birthday, John Banville! The Booker Prize-winning novelist also writes crime fiction under the name Benjamin Black—he has said that books written under his own name, like The Sea, can take up to five years to write, while books written under his pseudonym are finished in under five months.
They spoke very little of their mutual feeling; pretty phrases and warm expressions being probably unnecessary between such tried friends.
November 23, 1874: Thomas Hardy’s first major success, Far From the Madding Crowd, was published 140 years ago today. He went on to write Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure.
Its rainy up here in the East Coast hope it’s nice where you are. Have a wonderful Saturday everyone!
You do have a story inside you; it lies articulate and waiting to be written — behind your silence and your suffering.
Happy 73rd birthday, Anne Rice! The author lost her young daughter, Michelle, to leukemia the year before she wrote Interview With a Vampire. Michelle was the inspiration for the child-vampire, Claudia.
Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness.
George R.R. Martin
Happy 66th birthday, George R.R. Martin! Is there any book as hotly anticipated as the next installment in his Game of Thrones series? Write, George R. R. Martin, write!