Friday Photo: One More Week

My son graduates high school next week, on June 13. It will be a different kind of high-school graduation, with the graduates at home in their own living rooms watching the ceremony on television and computer screens. But they were asked to submit photos of themselves in caps and gowns, to be displayed as eachContinue reading “Friday Photo: One More Week”

June 5 Writer Birthdays

1640 – Pu Songling , Qing dynasty Chinese short story writer, best known as the author of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio. 1646 – Elena Piscopia (also known in English as Helen Cornaro), Italian mathematician, writer, philosopher, translator, and musician who was the first woman to receive a doctoral degree. 1884 – Ivy Compton-Burnett, award-winningContinue reading “June 5 Writer Birthdays”

I ❤ British TV…Despite the Murder Rate

I love British TV. In particular, the cozy mysteries crack me up. The U.K. has a low rate of violent crime. But if you believe these television shows, Brits are murdering each other on a Westerosi scale. Let’s look at the idyllic fictional English town of Midsomer. At least, it looks idyllic– until you startContinue reading “I ❤ British TV…Despite the Murder Rate”

June 4 Writer Birthdays

1898 – Harry Crosby, poet and publisher who epitomized the Lost Generation in American literature. 1904 – Bhagat Puran Singh, Indian writer, publisher, and environmentalist who was an early advocate of the “Green Revolution,” writing on environmental pollution and soil erosion before those ideas were well-known. 1907 – Jacques Roumain, Haitian novelist, poet, and politician.Continue reading “June 4 Writer Birthdays”

June 3 Writer Birthdays

1876 – José Palma y Velásquez, Filipino poet and soldier. 1879 – Alla Nazimova, Russian (Crimean) author, screenwriter, producer, and actor who relocated to the U.S.; she is credited with originating the phrase “sewing circle” as a discreet code for lesbian or bisexual actresses. 1895 – Robert Hillyer, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet and professor whoContinue reading “June 3 Writer Birthdays”

Frankly My Dear… A Response to GWTW

A friend recently read Gone With the Wind for the first time and was shocked by the racism. While I totally agree with everything she said about GWTW, I admit that I’ve always liked the book despite the fact that it’s racist propaganda. Of course it is. But I think of it as an interestingContinue reading “Frankly My Dear… A Response to GWTW”

June 2 Writer Birthdays

1840 – Thomas Hardy, English novelist and poet of the Victorian realist school who was also influenced by Romanticism; he thought of himself as primarily a poet, but is most remembered as author of some of the most acclaimed novels in English literature, including The Mayor of Casterbridge, Far From the Madding Crowd, and TessContinue reading “June 2 Writer Birthdays”

June 1 Writer Birthdays

1861 – William Wilfred Campbell, Canadian poet of the Confederation group who was considered the unofficial poet laureate of Canada. 1876 – Vidyagauri Nilkanth, Indian Gujarati author, politician, translator, social worker, and reformer. 1878 – John Masefield, English poet, author, and children’s writer who was U.K. Poet Laureate. 1889 – James Daugherty, Newbery Medal-winning AmericanContinue reading “June 1 Writer Birthdays”

May 31 Writer Birthdays

1773 – Johann Ludwig Tieck, German poet, translator, editor, novelist, writer, and critic; he was one of the founding fathers of the Romantic movement of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. 1819 – Walt Whitman, influential American poet, essayist, and journalist whose best-known collection is Leaves of Grass, which breaks the boundaries of poeticContinue reading “May 31 Writer Birthdays”

May 28 Writer Birthdays

1743 – Johann David Wyss, Swiss author best remembered for his novel The Swiss Family Robinson, one of the most popular books of all time; he was inspired by Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, but Wyss wrote about a marooned family because he wanted the book to teach important lessons to children. 1873 – Olga Forsh,Continue reading “May 28 Writer Birthdays”