Quote of the day for December 5th

Men really do need sea-monsters in their personal oceans 


~John Steinbeck

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.

Quote of the Day for November 26th

I’m fascinated with the stories that we tell. Real histories become fantasies and fairy tales, morality tales and fables. 


~Kara Walker



Kara Walker (born November 26, 1969) is a MacArthur “genius grant” winner and artist who’s become internationally known for using black cut-paper silhouettes to portray the African American experience in the antebellum South. Among the books containing her work and comments are Kara Walker: Pictures from Another Time, Kara Walker: Narratives of a Negress, and After the Deluge.

Quote of the Day for November 14th

Why be so bloody miserable when you can pick up a good book or watch a great television drama? 


~Michael Dobbs

Michael Dobbs (born November 14, 1948) not only wrote the political thriller House of Cards, which has been adapted into an award-winning Netflix series, but he has long been involved in British politics. He was an adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and he became a member of the House of Lords in 2010.

Quote of the Day for November 13th


I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities. 

~Whoopi Goldberg
Happy birthday, Whoopi Goldberg! The Oscar-winning actress/comedian (born November 13, 1955) laces her writing with the same witty humor and buoyant spirit that resonate through her TV, film, and theater work. She writes honestly about life (Is It Just Me?: Or Is It Nuts Out There?) and navigating relationships (If Someone Says “You Complete Me,” Run!), and she’s done a children’s book series called Sugar Plum Ballerinas.

Quote of the day for Veterans Day

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. 

~Kurt Vonnegut

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.

Quote of the day for July 1st

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.

Happy Saturday! Here’s a great quote to start the weekend off…

  

Heaven would never be heaven without you. 


~Richard Matheson

Love reading about worldwide apocalypses and infectious diseases? Then thank Richard Matheson. The science fiction and horror writer (born February 20, 1926) is credited with popularizing the concept with the publication of his influential—and repeatedly adapted—novel, I Am Legend.

Arthurian Quote of the Day!

King Arthur is my favorite subject and I write academic articles and books about the Arthurian Legends. Today’s quote happens to be by an author who wrote Arthurian fiction! Hope you enjoy!

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I know all about endings. It is beginnings that elude me. 

Marion Zimmer Bradley

Marion Zimmer Bradley (born June 3, 1930) wrote her first novel at the age of 17. The Forest House, a prequel to her landmark Mists of Avalon series, was published after her death.

All My Best,
Jill M Roberts

Quote for today, Thursday, May 21st

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Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. 

Alexander Pope

As a child, Alexander Pope (born May 21, 1688) suffered from illnesses that stunted his growth and gave him persistent headaches. He didn’t let any of that stop him from becoming one of the greatest poets of his age.

All My Best,
Jill M Roberts