May 8, 1996

A Sad Child

by Margaret Atwood


Today's Reading: "A Sad Child" by Margaret Atwood from MORNING IN THE BURNED HOUSE, published by Houghton Miflin.

Today is the anniversary of V-E day (Victory in Europe) in 1945, when Germany surrendered to the Allied Forces in Rheims, France.

It's the birthday of the man who was president at that time, Harry S. Truman, born in Lamar, Missouri in 1884.

Jazz pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams, who wrote songs for Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, and Dizzy Gillespie, was born on this day in Atlanta in 1910.

It's the birthday of blues musician Robert Johnson (Sweet Home Chicago), born in Hazelhurst, Mississippi in 1911.

Novelist Thomas Pynchon (The Crying of Lot 49), was born on this day in Glen Cove, New York in 1937.

Playwright, actress Beth Henley (Crimes of the Heart) was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1952.

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




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