Jul. 14, 1997


by Thomas R. Smith


Today's Reading:"Olivet" by Thomas R. Smith from HORSE OF EARTH, published by Holy Cow! Press (1994).

This is Bastille Day, the French national holiday commemorating the 1789 storming of the great Parisian fortress, which had become a symbol of royal tyranny.

It's the birthday of Swedish film director and screenwriter Ingmar Bergman (THE SEVENTH SEAL; SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE; FANNY AND ALEXANDER), born in Uppsala on this day in 1918.

It's the birthday of writer and director Arthur Laurents, who wrote the libretto for WEST SIDE STORY and GYPSY, born in Brooklyn on this day in 1918.

Italian novelist Natalia Ginzburg (THE DRY HEART; VOICES IN THE EVENING; FAMILY SAYINGS), was born on this day in Palermo, Sicily, in 1916.

It's the birthday of folksinger, songwriter Woody Guthrie ("This Land is Your Land," "So Long, It's Been Good To Know You"), born in Okemah, Oklahoma, in 1912.

Novelist and short-story writer Isaac Bashevis Singer (THE FAMILY MOSKAT; THE SLAVE; THE SPINOZA OF MARKET STREET), was born on this day in Radzymin, Poland, in 1904.

It's the birthday of biographical novelist Irving Stone, born in San Francisco on this day in 1903.

Novelist Owen Wister, best-known for his cowboy novel THE VIRGINIAN, was born on this day in Philadelphia, in 1860.

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