Aug. 27, 1997


by Stephen Dunn


Today's Reading: "Loneliness" by Stephen Dunn from NEW AND SELECTED POEMS 1974-1994, published by W.W. Norton & Co. (1994).

It's the birthday of writer William Least Heat-Moon (BLUE HIGHWAYS; A JOURNEY INTO AMERICA), born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1939.

Edgar Rice Burrough's TARZAN Of THE APES made its first appearance in a magazine in 1912.

Thomas Edison demonstrated the first "talking" pictures---using a phonograph----in 1910 at his laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey.

Lester Young, nicknamed Prez by Billie Holiday, was born in Woodville, Mississippi, in 1909.

The 36th president of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson, was born in Gillespie County, Texas, in 1908.

Novelist C.S. Forester, author of the Horatio Hornblower series, was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1899.

Photographer, painter and filmmaker Man Ray was born in Philadelphia in 1890.

It's the birthday of novelist Theodore Dreiser, author of SISTER CARRIE, born in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1871.

German idealist philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, who believed that rationalism is the fundamental basis of the human spirit, was born in Stuttgart, in 1770.

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