LitBirthdays February 2016

February Author Birthdays

February 1

Big Boi

Langston Hughes

Yevgeny Ivanovich Zamyatin

February 2

Xuân Diệu

Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr.

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

 

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

 

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

 


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

 

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

 

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

 

February 27

Charlayne Hunter-Gault

J. Rawls

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

February 28

Adelle McQueen

Anthony Kelley

Jeanne Cherhal

 

February 29

Natasha Beaulieu

 

Dempsey Books are on Amazon.com

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January 26 Happy Birthday Christopher Hampton!

Happy Birthday Christopher Hampton!

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Christopher Hampton (born 1946, British playwright, screenwriter, and translator) – Art by Yasmina Reza (English translation)

Read about Christopher Hampton here and here

Hampton speaks of his childhood spent in Alexandria, Egypt, and his play White Chameleon, based on those experiences:

They had not foreseen the Suez crisis. There had been trouble in Egypt not long before, during the 1952 revolution. The young Chris had been spat on at school, thumped and called names, such as “filthy English”. As tension mounted in 1956, he was cornered in the school lavatories by an Egyptian boy, but didn’t tell his parents.

Then one day, his father came home from work and said they had to leave Alex immediately. In England, aged 10, he was sent to prep school. “In Egypt I had been too English,” says Hampton. “In England I was quasi-Egyptian”.

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2010/jul/24/christopher-hampton-egypt-suez-crisis

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LitBirthdays February 2016

February Author Birthdays

February 1

Big Boi

Langston Hughes

Yevgeny Ivanovich Zamyatin

February 2

Xuân Diệu

Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr.

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

 

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

 

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

 


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

 

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

 

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

 

February 27

Charlayne Hunter-Gault

J. Rawls

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

February 28

Adelle McQueen

Anthony Kelley

Jeanne Cherhal

 

February 29

Natasha Beaulieu

 

Dempsey Books are on Amazon.com

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LitBirthdays January 15, 2016

Happy Birthday Paul Halpern!

Paul Halpern – U.S. physics professor and science writer, born 1961 – Einstein’s Dice and Schrödinger’s Cat (2014)

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Read about Paul Halpern here:

Paul Halpern

And here:

https://www.nasw.org/users/Halpern/

From an interview:
http://www.tenzindolma.co.uk/page18.htm

Lisa: Why does the universe seem so smooth?

Paul: If you look at the radio sky, you observe approximately the same temperature in every direction, about the same average number of galaxies per patch, and so forth. This general sameness cannot be coincidence; all these points must have at some moment been much, much closer together. That is why astronomers think that there was a moment of inflation-extremely rapid expansion-that separated very close points. It is like smoothing a sheet’s wrinkles by stretching it very quickly. Without the ultra-rapid expansion it is hard to explain the smoothness.

From Einstein’s Dice, page 75:

If lacking free will is like being in prison, general relativity is the ultimate jailer. By fusing time with space, it melds the past, present, and future together into a solid block. Time’s landscape is as frozen as a Siberian gulag. All of history is forever locked in place; we just haven’t yet served our time. … A unified theory that explained electricity along with gravity could in principle map out the neural connections of everyone who has lived or ever will live. We’d be condemned to think thoughts and take actions that have forever been ordained.

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LitBirthdays January

January

January 1

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

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

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

Sally Morgan


January 19

Edgar Allan Poe

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

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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LitBirthdays January 1

Happy New Year!

Good Morning!

(Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds (dubbed by Betty Noyes) sing and dance Good Morning! in the 1952 film Singin’ in the Rain)

A Sunny Day!

(The Three Tenors – Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, José Carreras  – sing about their sunny day, O Sole Mio)

24 Hours in New York – On the Town

New York New York

https://goo.gl/xhsze9

The Ladies Face Another Day

Natural Women

(Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Mariah Carey, Shania Twain sing Natural Woman in the 1998 Divas concert)

https://goo.gl/DUT32u

Mending Hearts

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Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette sing
Silver Threads and Golden Needles

https://goo.gl/R1Q74O

Sisters

Gladys Patti Dionne

Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Dionne Warwick sing
Everything You Touch Is a Song

https://goo.gl/GXRu4O

or long medley with “There’s a Place…”
https://goo.gl/NJRUUk

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LitBirthdays Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Susan Boyle sings “Silent Night” here

Susan Boyle and the Hudson River Children’s Choir sing ‘Away in a Manger’ here

Susan Boyle and Celine Dion sing ‘O Holy Night’ here

Jose Feliciano sings ‘Feliz Navidad’ here

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing ‘Hallelujah’ chorus by Handel here

and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing

‘Gloria in Excelsis Deo!’

Lippi Madonna + Child Met

Lippi “Madonna and Child” c. 1484, Metropolitan NY

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