Monthly Archives: December 2016

December 31 – Machi Tawara

Happy Birthday Machi Tawara! Machi Tawara (俵 万智 Tawara Machi) (b. 1962) – Japanese poet Read about Machi Tawara here and here and here Her first volume of tanka, Salad Anniversary, was published in 1987 and became an immediate bestseller … Continue reading

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December 26 – Alejo Carpentier

Happy Birthday Alejo Carpentier! Alejo Carpentier, born December 26, 1904 – Cuban novelist Read about Alejo Carpentier here and here  Read a review of Carpentier’s story The Chase Carlos Fuentes has pointed out that “Alejo Carpentier transformed the Latin American novel. … Continue reading

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December 24 – Isidor Feinstein Stone

Happy Birthday Izzy Stone! Isidor Feinstein Stone, born December 24, 1907 – journalist, newsletter publisher – I.F. Stone’s Weekly (newsletter) Read I.F. Stone’s biography here and here Read Stone’s autobiographical essay: [In 1953] I decided to launch a four-page weekly … Continue reading

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December 23 – Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

Happy Birthday Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa! December 23 Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (b. 1896) Sicilian scholar and author – The Leopard (Il Gattopardo) (1957) Read about Tomasi’s life [Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa is] …one of Sicily’s most celebrated novelists, and … Continue reading

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December 19 – Gisele Freund

Happy Birthday Gisele Freund! December 19 Gisèle Freund (b. 1908) German-born French photographer – Photographie et société (1974) Read Gisele Freund’s thoughts on how editors can misconstrue the artist’s intent through the use of captions: http://theonlinephotographer.blogspot.com/2007/04/gisele-freund-on-captions.html Freund talks about her … Continue reading

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December 13 – Heinrich Heine

December 13 Happy Birthday Heinrich Heine! Heinrich Heine (b. 1797) – German romantic poet – “Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam” A lonely pine is standing In the North where high winds blow. He sleeps; and the whitest blanket wraps him in … Continue reading

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Bygone Books for Sale

Look for DempseyBooks used books on Amazon.com It’s Buy or Bygone: Books not sold sooner will be thrown out later. What You Should Know About the People’s Republic of China by John Roderick Progress in Aircraft Design Since 1903 (N.A.S.A … Continue reading

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