Feb. 5, 1996

Guide to the Other Gallery

by Dana Gioia


Today's reading: "Guide to the Other Gallery" by Dana Gioia from THE GODS OF WINTER, published by Graywolf Press.

Today is the Feast Day of Agatha, the patron saint of nurses.

Birthday in 1626 of Madame de Sevigne, famous for letters written to her daughter describing Parisian life.

"Lady bandit" Belle Starr, outlaw of the southwest, was born in 1848 in Missouri.

On this day in 1861 Dr. Coleman Sellers displayed his invention called the Kinematescope.

Birthday of biochemist Lafayette Mendel, who discovered Vitamin A, born in 1872.

Writer William S. Burroughs was born in St. Louis in 1914 (Naked Lunch).

Birthday of New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, born in 1926.

It was on this day in 1922 that Reader's Digest magazine was first published.

Birthday of baseball player Hank Aaron, born in Mobile, Alabama in 1934.

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




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