Dec. 11, 1996
The Old Words
Today's Reading:"The Old Words" by David Wagoner from COLLECTED POEMS 1956-1976, published by Poetry Miscellany.
It's the birthday of novelist Thomas McGuane (THE SPORTING CLUB; THE BUSHWACKED PIANO; NINETY-TWO IN THE SHADE), born in Wyandotte, Michigan, in 1939.
Novelist and poet Jim Harrison (LEGENDS OF THE FALL) was born on this day in Grayling, Michigan, 1937.
It's the birthday of classic blues shouter Big Mama (Willie Mae) Thornton, born in Montgomery, Alabama, 1926.
Short story writer Grace Paley was born on this day in Bronx, New York, 1922.
It's the birthday of Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 1918, who was sentenced to eight years of hard labor when censors intercepted a letter with criticisms of Josef Stalin. He later wrote about the labor camps in his book ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH.
Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz (CAIRO TRILOGY: PALACE WALK; PALACE OF DESIRE; SUGAR STREET) was born on this day in Cairo in 1911.
It's the birthday of cartoonist Marjorie H. Buell, creator of comic strip character Little Lulu, born in Philadelphia, 1904.
On this day in 1882, the first performance in a theatre lit by electric lights took place at Boston's Bijou Theatre.
Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®