Charm is the ability to make someone else think that both of you are pretty wonderful.
October 16, 1919: Kathleen Winsor’s racy 1944 novel, Forever Amber, was banned in 14 states. Despite (or because of!) that, it became a best seller. She was born in Minnesota, 94 years ago today.
I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.
October 15, 1920: Italian American author Mario Puzo is best known for writing The Godfather, which popularized mafia literature in America. He also wrote the original screenplay for the 1978 version of Superman.
You don’t write about the horrors of war. No. You write about a kid’s burnt socks lying in the road.
October 12, 1949: Happy 64th birthday, Richard Price! The author of Clockers and Lush Life has also written for the acclaimed television series The Wire.
One day might be different from another, but there ain’t much difference when they’re put together.
William H. Armstrong
September 14, 1911: Writer and teacher William Armstrong wrote celebrated children’s books including the Newbery Medal-winning Sounder, about an African American sharecropper family with a loud and loyal hound, inspired by Odysseus’ dog Argus. Armstrong was born in Virginia 102 years ago today.
To this generation I would say:
Memorize some bit of verse of truth or beauty.
Edgar Lee Masters
August 23, 1868: Edgar Lee Masters published over 50 volumes of work, but he is known for just one—Spoon River Anthology, a moving book of poetry that tells the stories of ordinary people in a small Illinois town. He was born in Kansas, 145 years ago today.
what matters most is how well you walk through the fire
August 16, 1920: Before he was able to make a living as a writer, Charles Bukowski worked in the post office as a clerk—a job that fueled both his writing and his despair. Bukowski was born in Germany, 93 years ago today.
I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.
August 15, 1912: It was a meal of oysters and sole meunière (and fine wine!) in Rouen that sparked writer and chef Julia Child’s love of food. She was born in California, 101 years ago today.