Category Archives: On This Day

Happy Birthday, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Today is the birthday of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Here is an extraordinary excerpt from Wind, Sand and Stars – a book I last read in high school, when I was in my Richard Bach-airplane-writing-soulmate-search phase. Listen to this prose. And … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, poet Frank O’Hara

“Attention equals Life.” – poet Frank O’Hara Sometimes I feel that I know everything I need to know about Frank O’Hara just from reading his work. A fascinating guy off the page, he’s still one of those people whose personality … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Peter Lorre

A letter from Groucho Marx to Peter Lorre (included in the wonderful The Groucho Letters: Letters from and to Groucho Marx), that pleases me no end. October 5, 1961 Dear Peter: It was very thoughtful of you to send me … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Billy Wilder

Billy and Audrey Wilder I love him for his humor, his realistic (cynical) view of human beings (Ace in the Hole: PROPHETIC), his versatility (noirs, melodramas, war movies, comedies). Sunset Boulevard, Stalag 17, Some Like It Hot, Double Indemnity, The … Continue reading

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On This Day: June 6, 1944: “I really think I’m too young for this.”

Sgt. Lee Pozek: “We yelled to the crew to take us in, we would rather fight than drown. As the ramp dropped we were hit by machine-gun and rifle fire. I yelled to get ready to swim and fight. We … Continue reading

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“I’m not interested in money. I just want to be wonderful.” – Happy Birthday, Marilyn Monroe

Excerpt from my friend Kim Morgan’s Playboy cover story about Monroe. Silk and sandpaper. Love and sex. And again sex. As women, may we just have sex without judgment? Marilyn may have been used early in her career (and all … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Margaret Wise Brown

Born in 1910, Margaret Wise Brown always wanted to be a writer, but her journey towards the almost unprecedented success she eventually achieved, was not direct (how could it be? If you set out to create a children’s classic along … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Edward Lear

Edward Lear (the “father of nonsense”) was born on this day in 1812 in London. I could recite from memory a lot of his stuff when I was pretty close to the age I was in the “candid” photo above. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Robert Browning

We had to read Robert Browning’s poem “Meeting at Night” in 11th grade, and I think it was the first Browning I read. This was the era when I started getting into poetry, stuff I was discovering on my own, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Niccolò Machiavelli: “Fear and the absence of hatred may go well together.”

Niccolò Machiavelli was born in Florence, Italy, May 3, 1469 We first had to read The Prince in high school. I remember it as drudgery. I read it again a couple years later, and the light dawned. It became especially … Continue reading

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