Oct. 10, 1998

October 10

by Wendell Berry


Today's Reading: "October Ten" by Wendell Berry, published in COLLECTED POEMS 1957-1982 published by North Point Press, San Francisco, 1985.

It's the 67th birthday of playwright HAROLD PINTER (THE HOMECOMING, THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, BETRAYAL) born in London in 1930.

It's the birthday of sculptor and painter ALBERTO GIACOMETTI, in Stampa, Switzerland. Despite his great success, with stick-like sculptural figures, he lived in a garret in Montparnasse.

GIUSEPPE VERDI (La Traviata, Rigoletto, Aida, Otello) was born near Busseto, in what was then the southeastern corner of France, in 1813.

English physicist HENRY CAVENDISH was born in Nice, France, in 1731.

The father of American engineering, BENJAMIN WRIGHT, was born on this day.

It was the start of the Woman's Suffrage Movement in England.

Darwin published a work on "The Formation of Vegetable Mold" that he considered more important than his "Origin of the Species."

PORGY AND BESS opened in New York.

It's the birthday of jazz pianist and composer THELONIUS MONK.

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




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