LitBirthdays May 6 – 12, 2012

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May 6

George Clooney
George Clooney (b. 1961) – U.S. actor, film director, screenwriter – The Ides of March (2011)

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We’re in a run-down bar in Cincinnati. The furniture is shabby – Formica tables, cheap metal framed chairs. The place is desolate except for TOM and STEPHEN who sit at the bar.

You’re working for the wrong man.

You’re working for the wrong man.

Oh on the contrary you are working for the wrong man. You’ve got
something the other guys don’t have.


Yeah, what is it exactly? Charm isn’t the right word. It’s more
than that. You exude something. You draw people in. All the reporters
love you. Even the ones that hate you love you. You play them all
like they’re pieces on a chess board. And you make it look
effortless. We both know how much work it takes, constantly being on
guard, weighing every word so carefully, every move. But from the
outside, you make it look easy.
People are scared of you because they don’t understand how you do
it, and they love you for it. There’s nothing more valuable in
this business – the ability to win people’s respect by making them
mistake their fear for love. You can guess what I’m gonna say next.

No…I don’t think I can.

I want you to work for us.

Born May 6

Vladimiro Ariel Dorfman (b. 1942) – Chilean playwright, human rights activist

Sujata Bhatt (b. 1956) – Indian/U.S. poet

Sigmund Freud (b. 1856) – Austrian psychiatrist – The Interpretation of Dreams

May 7

Born May 7

William Dempsey Valgardson (b. 1939) – Canadian novelist, short story writer, poet – The Girl With the Botticelli Face (1992)

Volker Braun (b. 1939) – German poet, playwright, essayist

Rabindranath Tagore (b. 1861) – Indian poet, novelist, 1913 Nobel Prize winner

Robert Browning (b. 1812) – English poet – “Why I am a Liberal”

May 8

Born May 8

Beth Henley (b. 1952) – U.S. playwright – Crimes of the Heart

Gary Snyder (b. 1930) – U.S. poet

 Sirkka Hämäläinen (b. 1939) – Finnish economist, Bank of Finland governor (retired)

May 9

Born May 9

Nada El-Hage (b. 1958) – Lebanese poet, journalist – ثواب العشق  Veils of Passion (2010)

Lucian Blaga (b. 1895) – Romanian philosopher, poet, playwright – Poems of Light

Ghostface Killah (Dennis Coles) (b. 1970) – U.S. rapper

May 10

Born May 10

Nayantara Sahgal (b. 1927) – Indian novelist – Rich Like Us (1985)

Bono (Paul David Hewson) (b. 1960) – Irish singer/songwriter

Happy 100th Birthday
Olga Bancic
(b. 1912) – Romanian activist (French resistance, WWII)

Olga Bancic was beheaded at Stuttgart prison on May 10, 1944. The night before her execution Bancic threw out the window a letter to her 5-year old daughter:

My dear little girl, my dear little love,

Your mother writes her last letter, my dear girl — tomorrow at 6 o’clock, the 10th of May, I will be no more.

My love, do not cry; your mother will cry no more. I die with an easy conscience and with the conviction that tomorrow you will have a life and a future happier than that of your mother. You will not have to suffer. Be proud of your mother, my little love. I always have your image in front of me.

I am going to believe that you will see your father; I have the hope that he will have a different fate. Tell him that I have always thought about him, like I have of you. I love you with all my heart.

Both of you are my dears. My dear child, your father is, for you, a mother also. He loves you very much.

You will not feel the loss of your mother. My dear child, I close my letter with the expectation that you will feel happy for all your life, with your father, with the whole world.

I hug you with all my heart, so much, so much.

Goodbye, my love,
Your mother

May 11

Born May 11

Andre Gregory  (b. 1934) – U.S. theater and film director / writer – My Dinner With Andre (1981)

John Michael Hayes (b. 1919) – U.S. screenwriter – Rear Window (1954)

Irving Berlin (b. 1888) – U.S. composer and lyricist

May 12

Born May 12

Wu Wenjun (b. 1919) – Chinese mathematician – Wu’s Formula

Claribel Alegria (b. 1924) – Nicaraguan poet, novelist, documentarist – No me agarran viva / They Won’t Take Me Alive (1983)

Andrey Andreyevich Voznesensky (b. 1933) – Russian poet

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