Oct. 15, 1997

Rock Softly in My Arms

by Walter McDonald


Today's Reading: "Rock Softly in My Arms" by Walter McDonald from ALL THAT MATTERS, published by Texas Tech University Press (1992).

Italian novelist Italo Calvino, author of ITALIAN FOLKTALES, was born in Santiago de Las Vegas, Cuba, in 1923.

Novelist and screenwriter Mario Puzo, author of THE GODFATHER (1969), was born in New York City, in 1920.

Historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE AGE OF JACKSON and A THOUSAND DAYS: JOHN F. KENNEDY IN THE WHITE HOUSE, was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1917.

Cytologist and geneticist Torbjorn Oskar Caspersson, the first to use an ultraviolet microscope to find the amount of nucleic acid in parts of the cell, was born in Motala, Sweden, in 1910.

Economist, writer and diplomat John Kenneth Galbraith was born near Iona Station, Ontario, in 1908.

Novelist C.P. Snow was born in Leicester, England, in 1905. In THE TWO CULTURES AND THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION (1959) he wrote: The intellectual life of the whole of western society is increasingly being split into two polar groups . . . . Literary intellectuals at one pole - at the other scientists, and as the most representative, the physical scientists. Between the two a gulf of mutual incomprehension.

Novelist and playwright P.G. Wodehouse, creator of the comic duo Bertie Wooster and Jeeves in the 1917 story THE MAN WITH TWO LEFT FEET, was born in Guildford, England, in 1881.

Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was born in Rocken, Prussia, in 1844. He wrote: God is dead: but considering the state the species Man is in, there will perhaps be caves, for ages yet, in which his shadow will be shown.

The Roman poet Virgil (Pulius Vergilius Maro), famous for his epic, AENEID, about the founding of Rome, was born in Andes, Cisalpine Gaul, in 70 B.C.

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