Mar. 19, 1997

Now I Smack My Head

by Charlie Smith


Today's Reading:"Now I Smack My Head" by Charlie Smith from INDISTINGUISHABLE FROM THE DARKNESS, published by W.W. Norton & Co. (1990).

Today is the feast day of Saint Joseph, patron saint of fathers and carpenters.

This is also the day that the swallows typically return to the mission in San Juan Capistrano, California.

Tobias George Smollett, author turned physician, was born on this day in Scotland, 1721. His satirical novels include RODERICK RANDOM, PEREGINE PICKEL, and HUMPHREY CLINKER.

It's the birthday of explorer Sir Richard Burton, who often traveled in disguise throughout Arabia, born in Devonshire, England, 1821.

The silver-tongued orator William Jennings Bryan was born on this day in Salem, Illinois, 1860.

South African writer Sarah Gertrude Millina (THE DARK RIVER; GOD'S STEP- CHILDREN) was born on this day in Cape Province in 1889.

It's the birthday of jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman, born in Fort Worth, Texas, 1930.

Philip Roth, the man who wrote 'the great American novel' in 1973, was born on this day in Newark, New Jersey, 1930.

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