Literary Birthday

Claudia Rankine

Literary Birthday – 1 January – Claudia Rankine

Happy Birthday, Claudia Rankine, born 1 January 1963 Quotes I want to believe that in any relational moment a person understands that the other person in front of them is just another human being. The past is a life sentence, a blunt instrument aimed at tomorrow.…

Literary Birthday – 26 December – Elizabeth Kostova

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Kostova, born 26 December 1964 Quotes It was good to walk into a library again; it smelled like home. Never before had I known the sudden quiver of understanding that travels from word to brain to heart, the way a new language can…

Literary Birthday – 19 December – Jean Genet

Jean Genet was born 19 December 1910 and died 15 April 1986 Quotes By stretching language we'll distort it sufficiently to wrap ourselves in it and hide. Creation is not a light-hearted game. The creator commits to a terrible adventure, which is to take upon himself all…
Eileen Myles

Literary Birthday – 9 December – Eileen Myles

Happy Birthday, Eileen Myles, born 9 December 1949 Quotes I always think of childhood as the inarticulate moment, and you have your little camera. You were filming it, recording it, you just didn't know how to speak it. Poetry is my politics. It's an opportunity…
Andrew Sean Greer

Literary Birthday – 21 November – Andrew Sean Greer

Happy Birthday, Andrew Sean Greer, born 21 November 1970 Quotes It takes too much imagination to see the sorrows of people we take for happy. Their real battles take place, like those of the stars, in some realm of light imperceptible to the human eye.…

Literary Birthday – 19 November – Charlie Kaufman

Happy Birthday, Charlie Kaufman, born 19 November 1958 Quotes You are what you love. Not what loves you. Failure is a badge of honour. It means you risked failure. And if you don’t risk failure, you’re never going to do anything that’s different from what…

Literary Birthday – 16 November – Jean Fritz

Jean Fritz was born 16 November 1915 and died 14 May 2017 Quotes When I discovered libraries, it was like having Christmas every day. My interest in writing about American history stemmed originally, I think, from a subconscious desire to find roots — I felt…
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