Category Archives: On This Day

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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Happy Birthday, Willie Nelson

Legend. Still vital, still recording, still doing his thing. I love how his LOOK has changed, of course, from these early days (the video is from 1962) – but the voice: the voice is unmistakable. He’s still got it. And … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Ann-Margret

Ann-Margret entertaining US troops in Vietnam, 1966 Today is Ann-Margret’s birthday. Her autobiography, Ann-Margret: My Story is wonderful. What a career. And it’s still unfolding. There are so many classic scenes. Tommy. Carnal Knowledge. Of course, too, there is the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Poet Christopher Smart

“I do not think he ought to be shut up. His infirmities were not noxious to society. He insisted on people praying with him; and I’d as lief pray with Kit Smart as anyone else. Another charge was that he … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Merle Haggard, and R.I.P.

I had a post all ready to go yesterday for Merle Haggard’s 79th birthday, and had spent some time yesterday morning cruising through Youtube, watching live clips, jumping around in time, enjoying him so much – as I always do … Continue reading

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22 Years

I’ll never get over it.

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Happy Birthday, Bette Davis

“I was thought to be ‘stuck up’. I wasn’t. I was just sure of myself. This is and always has been an unforgivable quality to the unsure.” – Bette Davis From James Baldwin’s The Devil Finds Work, an indispensable work … Continue reading

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Marlon Brando’s Wardrobe Test for Streetcar

It’s the shoes that make it. Well, and everything else, too.

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Happy Birthday, Marlon Brando: We Can Still Hear That Roar

“Sending Marlon Brando to acting class was like sending a tiger to jungle school.” – Brando’s acting teacher, Stella Adler “You can’t always be a failure. Not and survive. Van Gogh! There’s an example of what can happen when a … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Poet Andrew Marvell

A re-post for poet Andrew Marvell’s birthday Daily Book Excerpt: Poetry Six Centuries of Great Poetry: A Stunning Collection of Classic British Poems from Chaucer to Yeats, edited by Robert Penn Warren and Albert Erskine Another Metaphysical poet, Andrew Marvell … Continue reading

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