It is ‘where we are’ that should make all the difference, whether we believe we belong there or not.
After working on Wall Street for a year, Korean American novelist Chang-Rae Lee (born July 29, 1965) went back to school to get a masters degree in writing. Upon graduating, he turned his thesis into his first novel, the award-winning Native Speaker.
Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.
Happy birthday, Marie Lu! The young adult author of the Legend series has a “special love” for dystopian fiction, which may or may not have something to do with her being born in the year 1984.
On a personal note, I’d like to wish my Dad, George M Roberts a very Happy Birthday!!! We are all so blessed to have you in our lives. May the year ahead bring nothing but happiness!
All Our Love,
And now, here’s the quote of the day…
Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.
Happy birthday, Emma Donoghue! The Irish-born novelist was inspired to write her 2010 bestseller, Room, after hearing about Elisabeth Fritzl, a young Austrian woman who was held captive in a basement for 24 years.
Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.
September 3, 1838: Writer and abolitionist Frederick Douglass escaped slavery by boarding a train dressed in a sailor’s uniform and carrying borrowed identification. He wrote about his journey in his autobiography, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass.
I like a woman with a head on her shoulders. I hate necks.
Happy 69th birthday, Steve Martin! The comedian may be a “wild and crazy guy” onstage, but he has also written a philosophical play that imagines a meeting between Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso (Picasso at the Lapin Agile) as well as two novellas and a memoir.
And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep.
November 11, 1922: American author Kurt Vonnegut was a master of the absurd. His 1969 novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, took its title from the name that his fellow Allied prisoners of war called their detention center in Dresden. He was born in Indiana, 91 years ago today.
Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
November 4, 1879: Beloved humorist Will Rogers first became popular for his cowboy vaudeville act and gradually gained fame as a columnist and political commentator. He was born 134 years ago today in what was then known as Indian Territory to a family that was prominent in Cherokee society.
Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.
November 3, 1903: Writer and photographer Walker Evans is best known for his portraits of tenant farmers during the Great Depression. He also shot New York subway riders using a camera hidden in his jacket. Evans was born in St. Louis, Missouri, 110 years ago today.
The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.
October 14, 1888: Short story writer Katherine Mansfield lived a brief and rebellious life, full of affairs with both men and women. She left her native New Zealand in part due to disgust over the treatment of the Maori people and lived a bohemian life in London before dying of tuberculosis at 34.