Monday

Jul. 1, 1996

Aunt Helen

by T. S. Eliot

Monday 7/1

Today's Reading: "Aunt Helen" by T. S. Eliot from COLLECTED POEMS 1909-1962, published by Faber and Faber, Ltd.

At midnight tonight, we will be halfway through 1996, with 183 days remaining until 1997.

North of the border this is Canada Day, commemorating the confederation of Upper and Lower Canada and some of the Maritime provinces into the Dominion of Canada on this day in 1867.

It's the birthday in Portland, Indiana of dancer and choreographer, Twyla Tharp, in 1942.

Writer Jean Stafford (THE MOUNTAIN LION) was born today in Covina, California in 1915.

Blues musician Willie Dixon was born today in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1915.

It was on this day in 1858 that Charles Darwin first presented his theories on evolution to the Linnean Society in London.

French writer George Sand (Amandine-Auroe-Lucile Dupoin Dudevant), was born on this day in Paris in 1804.

Novelist James M. Cain (THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE; DOUBLE INDEMNITY) was born today in Baltimore in 1892.

It's the birthday of the father of gospel music, Thomas A. Dorsey, born in Villa Rica, Georgia, 1899.


Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®

 









«

»

  • “Writers end up writing stories—or rather, stories' shadows—and they're grateful if they can, but it is not enough. Nothing the writer can do is ever enough” —Joy Williams
  • “I want to live other lives. I've never quite believed that one chance is all I get. Writing is my way of making other chances.” —Anne Tyler
  • “Writing is a performance, like singing an aria or dancing a jig” —Stephen Greenblatt
  • “All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • “Good writing is always about things that are important to you, things that are scary to you, things that eat you up.” —John Edgar Wideman
  • “In certain ways writing is a form of prayer.” —Denise Levertov
  • “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” —E.L. Doctorow
  • “Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” —E.L. Doctorow
  • “Let's face it, writing is hell.” —William Styron
  • “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” —Thomas Mann
  • “Writing is 90 percent procrastination: reading magazines, eating cereal out of the box, watching infomercials.” —Paul Rudnick
  • “Writing is a failure. Writing is not only useless, it's spoiled paper.” —Padget Powell
  • “Writing is very hard work and knowing what you're doing the whole time.” —Shelby Foote
  • “I think all writing is a disease. You can't stop it.” —William Carlos Williams
  • “Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck.” —Iris Murdoch
  • “The less conscious one is of being ‘a writer,’ the better the writing.” —Pico Iyer
  • “Writing is…that oddest of anomalies: an intimate letter to a stranger.” —Pico Iyer
  • “Writing is my dharma.” —Raja Rao
  • “Writing is a combination of intangible creative fantasy and appallingly hard work.” —Anthony Powell
  • “I think writing is, by definition, an optimistic act.” —Michael Cunningham
The Writer's Almanac on Facebook


The Writer's Almanac on Twitter

Subscribe to our daily newsletter for poems, prose and literary history every morning
An interview with Jeffrey Harrison at The Writer's Almanac Bookshelf
Current Faves - Learn more about poets featured frequently on the show
O, What a Luxury

Although he has edited several anthologies of his favorite poems, O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound forges a new path for Garrison Keillor, as a poet of light verse. Purchase O, What a Luxury »