Jul. 31, 1999

Beethoven: The Late Sonatas

by William Bronk

The Word

by William Bronk

Broadcast Date: SATURDAY: July 31, 1999

Poems: "The Word," "Beethoven: The Late Sonatas," and "Exploration," by William Bronk, from Living Instead and Manifest and Furthermore (North Point Press).

It's the feast day of ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA, who, in the 1530s founded the Society of Jesus — the Jesuits.

The MONTANA STATE FAIR begins today in Great Falls, and runs through August eighth.

The Annual MELVILLE MARATHON is today and tomorrow, in Mystic, Connecticut: a 24-hour reading of Melville's novel Moby Dick; the reading takes place on the deck of the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan, moored in Mystic. Moby Dick, the story narrated by Ishmael, who says, "As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts." Tomorrow is the 180th anniversary of Melville's birth in 1819.

It's mystery writer STEVEN WOMACK's birthday, 1952, Nashville; the author of two detective series, both set in the South. The Jack Lynch books began coming out in the early '90s and feature a public relations man who doubles as a crime solver in New Orleans. Womack's more recent series is about a newspaper reporter named Harry James Denton who becomes a private eye in Nashville.

It's writer SUSAN CHEEVER's birthday, in 1943, New York City. Though she's written novels and short stories, Cheever is best known for her Home before Dark, nominated for the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award. The book is a memoir of her father, the writer John Cheever, who died of cancer in 1982. For extra material she began going through his private journals, 30 volumes written over several decades. She said, "I learned a lot of things I hadn't known before, how different life was for my father than we had imagined, how the humor he used was just transmuted pain."

It's the birthday in Turin, 1919, of the Italian chemist and writer, PRIMO LEVI, author of If This Is a Man, his first-person account of surviving Auschwitz.

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