Tuesday, April 23, 2013
It is the baptism day of English playwright William Shakespeare (1564). Scholars aren't sure exactly when he was born, so this day will have to do for celebrating the greatest writer in the English language. In total respect, we offer this hilarious theatrical piece, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), an irreverent and totally enjoyable account of the Bard's remarkable output. It's worth the time to watch it all the way through.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
|Map show Sarah Kemble Knight's route in 1704.|
Thursday, April 18, 2013
|Davis (standing second from left) with fellow war correspondents in Tampa during the Spanish-American War.|
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
|Portrait of Glenway Wescott by George Platt Lynes|
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
It is the birthday of French poet Charles-Pierre Baudelaire (1821), one of the first poets to write about urban grittiness of 19th century Paris at a time when most poets were steeped in nature and pastoral settings. His Flowers of Evil (1857) dealt with eroticism and decadence, and was banned in France until 1949. Given their mutual interest in depravity, madness and crime, it's no wonder that Baudelaire became fascinated with the dark works Edgar Allan Poe, and translated them. The translations are regarded as classics in French literature.
Monday, April 8, 2013
It is the birthday of lyricist Yip Harburg (1896), who wrote the words to Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?, April in Paris, It's Only a Paper Moon, and all the songs in The Wizard of Oz. He became a songwriter at the urging of his boyhood friend Ira Gershwin after the market crash of 1929 ruined an electrical appliance company Harburg co-owned. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? became an anthem for the down and out during the Depression.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
It is the birthday of country music song writer Merle Haggard (1937), an icon in country music for decades — and still performing in his mid 70s. His daddy died when he was eight years old, and his mama raised him and supported the family working as a bookkeeper. Merle was rebellious and in and out of institutions and jail as a youth and young man. He was sent to San Quentin Prison at age 20, where he was inspired by a concert by Johnny Cash to turn his life around. He wrote and recorded Mama Tried, one of his signature songs, in 1968.