Jun. 16, 1997

Passing Time in Skansen

by Kenneth Koch


Today's Reading:"Passing Time in Skansen" by Kenneth Koch from ONE TRAIN, published by Alfred A. Knopf (1994).

The annual Aspen Musical Festival begins today in Aspen, Colorado.

Today is Bloomsday in Dublin, Ireland, celebrating James Joyce's novel ULYSSES. A novel set entirely on this day in 1904, following two characters, Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus, through their activities of the day in the city of Dublin.

It's the birthday of writer Joyce Carol Oates (DO WITH ME WHAT YOU WILL; BELLEFLEUR; WE WERE THE MULVANEYS), born in Millersport, New York, on this day in 1938.

It's the birthday of Swedish novelist, poet and playwright Torgny Lindgren (novels- BATHSHEBA; THE WAY OF THE SERPENT), born in Vasterbotten, in 1938.

American artist Jim Dine was born on this day in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1935.

It was on this day in 1935 that President Roosevelt's New Deal legislation was passed by the U.S. House; a bill designed to reverse the country's severe economic problems, including new social security provision.

Writer John Griffin, author of BLACK LIKE ME (1961), was born on this day in Dallas in 1920.

It's the birthday of newspaper publisher Katharine Graham, who led the WASHINGTON POST to prominence after taking over in 1963. She was born in New York City, in 1917.

It's the birthday of fashion photographer Irving Penn, born in Plainfield, New Jersey, on this day in 1917.

Geneticist Barbara McClintock, winner of the 1983 Nobel for her breakthrough work in genetics, was born on this day in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1902.

It's the birthday of vertebrate paleontologist George Gaylord Simpson, best known for his modern biological theory of evolution, born on this day in Chicago, in 1902.

Comedian Stan Laurel (Arthur Stanley Jefferson), of Laurel and Hardy, was born on this day in Ulverston, England, in 1890.

It's the birthday of comedian and actor Bobby Clark, born in Springfield, Ohio, in 1888.

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




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