Literary Birthdays – Week of June 14 – 20

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June 14

Margaret Bourke-White Margaret Bourke-White (b. 1904) – U.S. photojournalist – Portrait of Myself

Mona Simpson

Mona Simpson (b. 1957) – U.S. novelist – Anywhere but Here (1987)

Read Simpson’s eulogy to her brother, Steve Jobs:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/opinion/mona-simpsons-eulogy-for-steve-jobs.html

Listen to this 2015 interview of Simpson:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyr7xJ2Ip20

Boy George (b. 1961) – U.K. singer / songwriter


June 15

Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson) (b. 1969) – U.S. rapper

Waylon Jennings (b. 1937) – U.S. country music singer/songwriter


June 16

joyce carol oates Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938) – U.S. novelist, short story writer, essayist – Little Bird of Heaven: A Novel (September 2009)

http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/oat0int-1

Joyce Carol Oates at the Point Loma Writer’s Symposium, 2015

On facing the blank page:


June 17

Nino (Kazunari Ninomiya) (b. 1983) – Japanese singer/songwriter

Read the Wikipedia article about Kazunari Ninomiya here

Listen to Nino perform his song Niji 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxXlWp2mjlQ


June 18

Paul McCartney (b. 1942) – U.K. singer/songwriter (The Beatles)

Yesterday

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away.
Now it looks as though they’re here to stay.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Suddenly,
I’m not half the man I used to be,
There’s a shadow hanging over me,
Oh, yesterday came suddenly.

Why she had to go
I don’t know she wouldn’t say.
I said something wrong,
Now I long for yesterday.

Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play.
Now I need a place to hide away.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Why she had to go
I don’t know she wouldn’t say.
I said something wrong,
Now I long for yesterday.

Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play.
Now I need a place to hide away.
Oh, I believe in yesterday

Listen to Yesterday:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piBiR4vOBm0


June 19

Salman Rushdie (b. 1947) – British-Indian novelist – The Satanic Verses (1988)

Salman Rushdie compares 9/11 with Hitchcock’s The Birds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1lZnXUe0qY

The Long View: See Rushdie discuss books and Internet technology at the
2008 Zeitgeist Conference (45 minutes):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka1Y1BY19Vw


June 20

Anna Laetitia Barbauld (b. 1743) – British poet, essayist, children’s book writer –  “Eighteen Hundred and Eleven” in The Poems of Anna Letitia Barbauld

Read about Anna Barbauld at the Poetry Archive

“She was a vigorous critic of the slave trade, and in 1812 wrote ‘Eighteen Hundred and Eleven’, a violent attack in heroic couplets on the folly of continuing the war against France, and on Britain’s decline. For this she was widely criticised for lack of patriotism in a time of national emergency, and afterwards she wrote little.”

Excerpt from Eighteen Hundred and Eleven

And thinks’t thou, Britain, still to sit at ease,
An island Queen amidst thy subject seas,
While the vext billows, in their distant roar,
But soothe thy slumbers, and but kiss thy shore?
To sport in wars, while danger keeps aloof,
Thy grassy turf unbruised by hostile hoof?
So sing thy flatterers; but, Britain, know,
Thou who hast shared the guilt must share the woe.

Read the entire poem Eighteen Hundred and Eleven here:
http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/barbauld/1811/1811.html

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