February 17 – Michel Rivgauche

Happy Birthday Michel Rivgauche!

Michel Rivgauche

Michel Rivgauche (born February 17, 1923) French lyricist

Read about Michel Rivgauche here (in French)
The discography of Michel Rivgauche is here

Here’s a short film clip of Michel Rivgauche in 1965:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYS9hLEebuk

Edith Piaf performs “La Foule” (lyrics by Michel Rivgauche)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzFJAJvyb6Y

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February LitBirthdays

February

February 1

Big Boi

Langston Hughes

Yevgeny Ivanovich Zamyatin

February 2

Xuân Diệu

Joseph Seamon Cotter, Sr.

James Joyce

February 3

Paul Auster

Marlon Riggs

James Michener

February 4

Abdul Rahman Badawi

Buell Gordon Gallagher

Betty Friedan

February 5

Andrew Greeley

Adassa

Jermain Wesley Loguen

Jovan Dučić

February 6

Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Melvin B. Tolson

Anne Spencer

Christopher Marlowe

Nay Win Myint

February 7

Gay Talese

Chris Rock

Eubie Blake

Charles Dickens

February 8

Nancy Oliver

Mae Street Kidd

Ron Tyson

John Grisham

February 9

Carole King

Alice Walker

Cassandra Steen

Amy Lowell

 

February 10

Johan Harstad

Michael Anthony

Roberta Flack

Ivri Lider

 

February 11

Celeste O. Norfleet

Jarena Lee

Florynce Kennedy

Lydia Maria Child

John Langalibalele Dube

February 12

Michel Joseph Martelly “Sweet Micky”

George Elliott Clarke

Abraham Lincoln

Charles Darwin

February 13

Mark Watson

Lenard Duane Moore

Faiz Ahmad Faiz

Georges Simenon

February 14

Beejan Olfat

Richard Allen

Carlton Moss

Dwele

Frederick Douglass

Eric Andersen

February 15

Miep Gies

Brian Holland

Masuji Ibuse

Adam Nadasdy


February 16

Elisabeth Eybers

Otis Blackwell

Paul Gilroy

Ice-T

February 17

Julia de Burgos

Huey Newton

Lupe Fiasco

February 18

Leonard (Len) Deighton

Audre Lorde

Toni Morrison

Nikos Kazantzakis

February 19

Jaan Kross

Clifton Taulbert

Eileen Jackson Southern

Andre Breton

February 20

Nevena Stefanova

Linda Brown

Ellis Cose

Buffy Sainte Marie

February 21

Hakan Nesser

Claudia Jones

Corey Harris

Anais Nin

Hanne-Vibeke Holst

February 22

Danilo Kis

William Whipper

Ishmael Reed

James Russell Lowell

February 23

Aziz Ansari

Claude Brown

W.E.B. DuBois

February 24

Alain Mabanckou

Kasi Lemmons

Grant Allen

February 25

Russell Atkins

George Schuyler

Mary Coyle Chase

George Harrison

February 26

Adem Demaçi

Fats Domino

Sharon Bell Mathis

Victor Hugo

Jela Krečič

February 27

Charlayne Hunter-Gault

J. Rawls

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

February 28

Adelle McQueen

Anthony Kelley

Jeanne Cherhal

February 29

Natasha Beaulieu

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January LitBirthdays

January LitBirthdays

January is National Hot Tea Month

January 1

Happy New Year!

Edward Morgan Forster

Isma’il Raji al-Faruqi

René de Ceccatty

January 2

André Aciman

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Isaac Asimov

Lynda Barry

January 3

Rodrigo de la Cadena

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Savitri Bai Phule

January 4

Harlan Coben

Gao Xingjian

January 5

Hayao Miyazaki 宮崎 駿

Umberto Eco

January 6

Carl Sandburg

Karin Slaughter

Idris Davies

C.D. Wright

January 7

Nicholson Baker

Shobhaa Dé

Zora Neale Hurston

January 8

Stephen Hawking

Terence Dean “Terry” Brooks

Gaston Miron

Fanny Bullock Workman

January 9

Simone de Beauvoir

Hayim Nachman Bialik

Thorvald Steen

January 10

Peter Barnes

Louise Carver

Fran Walsh

January 11

Alan Paton

Siti Nurhaliza

Sulamith Wülfing


January 12

Jack London

Ferenc Molnár

Inoue Takehiko

Haruki Murakami (村上 春樹)

January 13

Shahnon Ahmad

Flora Nwapa

Jay McInerney


January 14

LL Cool J

Emily Hahn

Albert Schweitzer

January 15

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sonya Kovalevsky

Giles Milton

Moliere (Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

Mikki Doyle (Miriam Leventhal)



January 16

Garth Ennis

Robert W. Service

Laura Riding


January 17

Anne Bronte

Benjamin Franklin

Brian Thomas Helgeland

January 18

A.A. Milne

A.A. Milne too

Sally Morgan


January 19

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe too

Breda Smolnikar

January 20

Ernesto Cardenal

Nancy Kress

Uni Arge

January 21

Judith Merril

Richie Havens

Eva Ibbotson

January 22

Subhash Ram Prajapati

Arkady Gaidar

Francis Bacon

January 23

Elvira Lindo

Derek Walcott

January 24

Marguerite Durand

Edith Wharton

Vítězslava Kaprálová

January 25

Gloria Naylor

Virginia Woolf

David Grossman

January 26

Shinjo Mayu

Jules Feiffer

Henry Jaglom

January 27

Eliette Abécassis

Mordecai Richler

Djavan

January 28

Colette

José Martí

Arnaldur Indriðason

Frank Darabont

January 29

Vicente Blasco Ibáñez

Leslie Bricusse

Anton (Pavlovich) Chekhov

Germaine Greer

Grazyna Miller

January 30

Lady Anne Clifford

Jack Spicer

Anton Tammsaare

January 31

Daniel Tammet

Arnold Geulincx

K.Maro

Kenzaburō Ōe

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December 31 – Ronnie del Carmen

Happy Birthday Ronnie del Carmen!

Ronnie del Carmen

Ronnie del Carmen (born December 31, 1959) U.S./Filipino director, screenwriter, artist, designer of animated films – Inside Out (2015); Ratatouille (2007)

Read the Wikipedia aritcle about Ronnie del Carmen

See some of Ronnie del Carmen’s pre-Pixar art here

Ronnie del Carmen talks about his inspiration for making Inside Out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRN6mjgfJZc&app=desktop

And del Carmen talks about collaborating as co-director of Inside Out with Pete Docter:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Rt_CsFWDbk

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December 16 Ed Ruscha

Happy Birthday Ed Ruscha!

Edward Ruscha (born December 16, 1937) U.S. artist

Read about Ed Ruscha here and here

“His deadpan representations of Hollywood logos, stylized gas stations, and archetypal landscapes distil the imagery of popular culture into a language of cinematic and typographical codes that are as accessible as they are profound.” – Gagosian Gallery

“[Ruscha’s works] are also sometimes surprisingly funny, in a laconic, Marcel Duchamp-meets-Clint Eastwood sort of way. Ruscha invented an entire artistic genre – one of several in his repertoire – that consists of nothing but words and phrases, floating in vaguely defined space.”
[Interview by Martin Gayford in the Telegraph September 25, 2009]

Books by Ed Ruscha include:

Pay Nothing Until April by Ed Ruscha

Pay Nothing Until April 2003 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/AR00047

Vacant Lots by Ed Ruscha

See excerpts of Ed Ruscha’s illustration of Jack Kerouac’s book On the Road

https://steidl.de/Books/On-the-Road-0013354355.html

Watch an interview with Ed Ruscha


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CDQ5iynxYE

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December 11 – Teri Garr

Happy Birthday Teri Garr!

Teri Garr (born December 11, 1947) U.S. actress, dancer – Speedbumps: Flooring It Through Hollywood (2005) Teri Garr

Read the Wikipedia article about Teri Garr here

Read a 1983 People magazine article about Garr
http://people.com/archive/teri-garr-is-no-dizzy-blonde-but-acting-like-one-in-tootsie-hasnt-hurt-vol-19-no-7/

Watch a scene from Young Frankenstein, “Put the Candle Back!”
Teri Garr in Young Frankenstein
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO3qJGKs9gw

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December 9 – Joel Chandler Harris

Happy Birthday Joel Chandler Harris!

Joel Chandler Harris

Joel Chandler Harris (born December 9, 1845, according to here) – US folklorist, compiler of Uncle Remus tales

Read the New Georgia Encyclopedia biography of Joel Chandler Harris here

More about Joel Chandler Harris here and here

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