Men really do need sea-monsters in their personal oceans
On December 5, 1941, John Steinbeck’s nonfiction book, The Sea of Cortez: A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research, was published. Co-authored by Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts, the work was written shortly after the pair’s voyage to the Gulf of California to study aquatic life. In 1951 it was republished as The Log from the Sea of Cortez. Ricketts was the inspiration for the character Doc in Steinbeck’s Cannery Row.
Let’s take a moment to Remember, Appreciate, and Thank All of our Men and Women who have Served in the Armed Forces so We can Have and Hold Dear the Freedoms we Enjoy.
The nicest veterans…the kindest and funniest ones, the ones who hated war the most, were the ones who’d really fought.
It’s Veterans Day and Kurt Vonnegut’s birthday. The bestselling author of Slaughterhouse-Five (born November 11, 1922) drew on his experiences during World War II to craft his satirical antiwar novel. He had been captured by the Germans and survived the firebombing of Dresden—an event that appears in the book. Among his other popular works are Cat’s Cradle, Breakfast of Champions, and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater.
If your writing doesn’t keep you up at night, it won’t keep anyone else up either
James M. Cain
James M. Cain (born July 1, 1892) stopped thinking about a singing career and instead turned to writing hard-boiled American crime fiction. Lucky for us! He is best known for The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, and Mildred Pierce, each of which were adapted into hugely successful Hollywood films.
Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
Harlem Renaissance icon Langston Hughes (born February 1, 1902) was elected class poet at his grammar school in Lincoln, Illinois. Though largely ambivalent about the “appointment” at the time, he began seriously writing short stories and poems a few years later.
The dead can survive as part of the lives of those that still live.
Happy birthday, Kenzaburō Ōe! The Nobel Prize winner owes his love of stories to his mother, who bought him The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Wonderful Adventures of Nils when he was a young boy. Ōe has said he “will carry to the grave” the impact of these books on his life.
Isn’t it strange how life won’t flow, like a river, but moves in jumps, as if it were held back by locks that are opened now and then to let it jump forwards in a kind of flood?
Happy birthday, Anita Desai! The Indian novelist is a wordsmith in more than one language. Because of her German mother, she grew up speaking German at home, but spoke Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, and English everywhere else.
Today is also my Mom’s birthday! I’d like to wish her a day as amazing as she is! Happy Birthday to the best woman I know! XOXOX 😘❤️
Everyone, make it a great day! I’m off to bake birthday cupcakes with my daughter for Mom!
All My Best,
Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.
June 16, 1816: On this day, Mary Shelley experienced a “waking dream,” a vision of a scientist kneeling beside his hideous creation. This nightmarish episode would inspire her to write Frankenstein.
All My Best,
Jill M Roberts