Category Archives: On This Day

On This Day: “December 7, 1941 – A Date Which Will Live In Infamy.”

Today is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The chilling telegram from the morning of December 7, 1941: Here is a cool fact about my home state, little Rhode Island: There are only a handful of … Continue reading

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On This Day: December 3, 1947: A Streetcar Named Desire opened on Broadway

A Streetcar Named Desire opened in New York at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Scene 5, Streetcar Named Desire BLANCHE: Young man! Young, young, young man! Has anyone ever told you that you look like a young Prince out of the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Jonathan Swift

“[He is] the most vigorous hater we’ve ever had in our literature.” — Edgell Rickword on Jonathan Swift Primarily known for Gulliver’s Travels (here’s my post about it) and A Modest Proposal he was also a poet of uncommon gifts. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Louisa May Alcott

“November is the most disagreeable month in the whole year,” said Meg, standing at the window one dull afternoon, looking out at the frostbitten garden. “That’s the reason I was born in it,” observed Jo pensively, quite unconscious of the … Continue reading

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Happy (Belated) Birthday, William Blake

“I mean, don’t you think it’s a little bit excessive?” “The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. William Blake.” Pause. “William Blake?” “William Blake!” “William Blake???” “William Blake!!!” — BULL DURHAM “It is an honesty against which … Continue reading

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“If the thing is there, why, there it is.” Happy Birthday, Walker Evans

That last photo is Walker Evans’ innovative perspective of the parade for Charles Lindbergh after Lindbergh successfully crossed the Atlantic in 1927. It’s one of the first photos Evans took, and shows that he had a “good eye” from the … Continue reading

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On This Day: October 30, 1938 – “Radio Play Terrifies Nation”

Conversation between Peter Bogdanovich and Orson Welles in This Is Orson Welles: PB: I’ve often wondered if you had any idea, before you did it, that War of the Worlds was going to get that kind of response. OW. The … Continue reading

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Four Years Ago Today Hurricane Sandy Hit New York, New Jersey

I’ve been through a lot of hurricanes. But Sandy was the worst storm I have experienced. I had made my preparations in my apartment to ride out the storm. The year before we had had Hurricane Irene, which was very … Continue reading

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“Do I Terrify?”: Happy Birthday, Sylvia Plath

Yes, Sylvia, you do. Especially when I listen to the recording of you reading your poem “Lady Lazarus.” It’s Sylvia Plath’s birthday today. Here’s a draft of “Stings,” written in the month of October, 1962, the productive (understatement) month when … Continue reading

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On This Day: October 25, 1415: “We Few, We Happy Few.”

Happy 601st Anniversary of The Battle of Agincourt Today is the feast day of Saints Crispin and Crispinian, cobblers by trade (and patron saints thereof, although Vatican II nixed them from the calendar), fierce warriors of their faith, martyred in … Continue reading

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