Category Archives: On This Day

Happy Birthday, Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“These are the pure Magic. These are the clear vision. The rest is only poetry.” – Rudyard Kipling on John Keats and Samuel Taylor Coleridge William Hazlitt, friends to both men, wrote: Coleridge has told me that he himself liked … Continue reading

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Rimbaud’s Son

An essay I wrote years ago, posted today in honor of the birthday of poet Arthur Rimbaud A great poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical of all creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating. The worse their … Continue reading

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Today In History: October 19, 1781

The surrender at Yorktown, which ended the American Revolutionary War. Day before: General Lord Charles Cornwallis to General George Washington, October 18, 1781 I agree to open a treaty of capitulation upon the basis of the garrisons of York and … Continue reading

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“It Is Absurd To Divide People Into Good and Bad. People Are Either Charming or Tedious.”

So said Oscar Wilde, whose birthday it is today. His mother, Jane Speranza Francesca Wilde (aka Lady Wilde, aka “Speranza”) was an incredible woman in the canon of Irish literary history certainly, not to mention its politics and social upheaval. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, e.e. cummings!

I responded to e.e. cummings in a visceral way when I first had to read his stuff in high school. I didn’t know what it was all about, but I loved the mystery of it, the syntax, the unmistakable look … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, T.S. Eliot

Poets like William Carlos Williams and Hart Crane both said that they needed to forcibly divorce themselves from Eliot’s influence in order to be able to write in their own way. Everything sounded like an imitation of Eliot. Interestingly enough, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, F. Scott Fitzgerald

So you see that old libel that we were cynics and skeptics was nonsense from the beginning. On the contrary we were the great believers. – F. Scott Fitzgerald, “My Generation” Fitzgerald was one of those writers I liked right … Continue reading

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Tribute of Light

Last night.

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The 2996 Project: In Memory of Michael J. Pascuma, Jr.

The 2,996 project is an ongoing collective tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. I signed up during its first year. You were assigned a name, at random, of one of the people murdered on … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Buddy Holly

Waylon Jennings, Buddy Holly, Grand Central Station, 1959 Buddy Holly on the Ed Sullivan Show, January 26, 1958 Buddy Holly on Arthur Murray Dance Party, December 29, 1957 Buddy Holly on the Ed Sullivan Show, December 1, 1957 Buddy Holly’s … Continue reading

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