Happy Birthday John Steinbeck

It's the birthday of John Steinbeck. See The Writer's Almanac for Feb. 27 for more details.  In Chapter 17 of The Grapes of Wrath, he wrote The cars of the migrant people crawled out of the side roads onto the great cross-country highway, and they took the migrant way to the West. In the daylight... Continue Reading →

Yusef Komunyakaa, Poetry Reading 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23

Where: Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St., New Haven Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection Celebrated for his powerful and carefully crafted poems, Komunyakaa has been awarded numerous prizes and honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the... Continue Reading →

Langston Hughes’ birthday today

Today is the birthday of the man known as "The O. Henry of Harlem," American poet Langston Hughes (1902). In 1926, he was working as a busboy at a hotel in New York City when the poet Vachel Lindsay arrived for dinner. Hughes placed some poems under Lindsay's dinner plate. Intrigued, Lindsay read them and... Continue Reading →

Pres. Elect Donald Trump’s actions frighten Americans. We were once a country that felt safe

Today's New York Times reports that after the Asian nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un, announced that preparations for testing an intercontinental ballistic missile were in their “final stage,” President-elect Donald J. Trump responded on Twitter, writing: “It won’t happen!” What right does he have to say things that might provoke and enrage a world leader and... Continue Reading →

Does the ‘U.S.’ question the worth of the U.N. because Donald Trump says something stupid? Donald Trump is not my spokesperson. What Trump says does not equate with what America thinks.

Antonio Guterres took the reins of the United Nations on New Year’s Day, making it clear that his top priority will be preventing crises and promoting peace, Edith M. Lederer of The Associated Press reports. "As Guterres begins his five-year term facing conflicts from Syria and Yemen to South Sudan and Libya and global crises... Continue Reading →

John Steinbeck’s Six Tips for the Aspiring Writer and His Nobel Prize Speech | Open Culture

Feb. 27 is the birthday of writer John Steinbeck, whose great novel of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath, gives an eloquent and sympathetic voice to the dispossessed. In 1962, Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception.” You can watch him deliver... Continue Reading →

Light | cjzurcher

From a spark to a flame. Was it a spark that caused all this? The Sun? The suns beyond our own? Or two sticks being rubbed together By two gods somewhere out there, or two worshipers -- Beyond our solar system, beyond our galaxy, Beyond what we call the universe -- somewhere some say it... Continue Reading →

Today is the birthday of Gabriel García Márquez

It’s the birthday of the Nobel Prize-winning novelist who said, “I’ve always been convinced that my true profession is that of journalist.” That’s Gabriel García Márquez, born in Aracataca, Colombia, on this day in 1927. He’s the author of one of the most important books in Latin American literature, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967).... Continue Reading →

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