Feb. 9, 1998

Perhaps the World Ends Here

by Joy Harjo


Today's Reading: "Perhaps the World Ends Here" by Joy Harjo from THE WOMAN WHO FELL FROM THE SKY, published by W.W. Norton.

Today is the FEAST DAY OF APPOLLONIA, patron saint of dentists and toothache sufferers

It's the birthday of writer ALICE WALKER, best known for her 1982 novel THE COLOR PURPLE, born on a farm near Eatonton, Georgia, in 1944

Irish playwright and poet BRENDAN BEHAN (THE QUARE FELLOW; THE HOSTAGE) was born on this day in Dublin, 1923. "I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer." He was a courier for the Irish Republican Army and spent years in jail after getting caught with a bomb in Liverpool, England

The Russian novelist DOSTOYEVSKY died on this date in 1881 in St. Petersburg, just a few months after finishing The Brothers Karamazov

The American humorist GEORGE ADE was born on this day, 1866, in Kentland, Indiana. He was a reporter in the 1890s for the old Chicago Record when he started to write little fictional sketches that ended with a moral C something like, "Anybody can win, unless there happens to be a second entry." He published them in 1899 as Fables in Slang, and it was such a hit that he began a weekly column of fables that ran for 10 years and was syndicated in all the major papers

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