Thursday, June 25, 2015
We have eyes, and we're looking at stuff all the time, all day long. And I just think that whatever our eyes touch should be beautiful, tasteful, appealing, and important.
Happy birthday, Eric Carle! The writer and illustrator's most famous children's book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, was almost called A Week with Willi Worm—until Carle's editor brought up concerns about the likability of a worm protagonist.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Isn't it strange how life won't flow, like a river, but moves in jumps, as if it were held back by locks that are opened now and then to let it jump forwards in a kind of flood?
Happy birthday, Anita Desai! The Indian novelist is a wordsmith in more than one language. Because of her German mother, she grew up speaking German at home, but spoke Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, and English everywhere else.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
If you don't like someone's story, write your own.
June 17, 1878: Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart was published 137 years ago today. The classic novel tells the story of Okonkwo, a local wrestling champion living in the fictional Nigerian village of Umuofia.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.
June 16, 1816: On this day, Mary Shelley experienced a “waking dream,” a vision of a scientist kneeling beside his hideous creation. This nightmarish episode would inspire her to write Frankenstein.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Thursday, June 4, 2015
I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.
June 4, 1949: On this day, C.S. Lewis cautioned a reader about the "undesirability of shutting oneself in a cupboard" while re-enacting the adventures in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Ah, an author after my own heart. Sweet to know that C.S. knew the value of re-reading books - afterall, one doesn't always "see" all the little "in's and out's" of a story with the very first reading.