May 8, 1999
I Go Back to May 1937
Poem: "I Go Back to May 1937," by Sharon Olds, from The Gold Cell (Alfred A. Knopf).
It's the birthday in Jackson, Mississippi, 1952 of playwright BETH HENLEY, winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for the comedy Crimes of the Heart.
It's the anniversary of V-E DAY, 1945, "Victory in Europe Day."
It's the birthday in Glen Cove, Long Island, 1937, of novelist and short-story writer THOMAS PYNCHON, author of the 1973 novel Gravity's Rainbow, which won the National Book Award.
It was on this day in 1541 that the Spaniard HERNANDO DE SOTO sighted the Mississippi River, the first European explorer of the New World to do so.
Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®