e.e. cummings: Author of the Day

“I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing

than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance”

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“may my mind stroll about hungry

and fearless and thirsty and supple

and even if it’s sunday may i be wrong

for whenever men are right they are not young”

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“I imagine that yes is the only living thing”

 

i know nothing about ee. cummings except his words and face – i am incredibly fond of both.  not going to type his name into google and ruin the impression i have, name and verses floating space.

 

(this is a fitting author to leave off this Author of the Day business, as i have grown weary of it already. also this post makes number 5, so there you go.)

(ALSO – 100th post!)

David Foster Wallace: Author of the Day

“The older Mario gets, the more confused he gets about the fact that everyone… finds stuff that’s really real uncomfortable and they get embarrassed. It’s like there’s some rule that real stuff can only get mentioned if everybody rolls their eyes or laughs in a way that isn’t happy.”

“Wind, etc.” “pilot light blue”

everything is influential.

he kind of had a crush on Alanis Morisette before he was “famous,” i thought that was cute.

Chuck Palahniuk: Author of the Day

“Without access to true chaos, we’ll never have true peace. Unless everything can get worse, it won’t get any better.”

what can i say? it’s chuck.  

his dad almost chopped his pinky off with an axe – on purpose.

he made me believe the novel has a present and a future.

 and yes, the author of Fight Club is gay.

Choke is my favorite. read it. read Fight Club and Invisible Monsters, too. read Guts.

Bret Harte: Author of the Day

 

“A bird in hand is a certainty. But a bird in the bush may sing.”

the most optimistic thing i could find from the likes of a man who is most famous for “The Outcasts of Poker Flat.”  he wrote a play with Mark Twain, didn’t know that!  it was called “Ah, Sin” and was very unsuccessful.

“How santa Claus Came to Simpson’s Bar” will always make me cry. read things by this man – he is underrated and sometimes criticized as cliche, but he wrote those characters BEFORE they were cliches. his short stories are phenomenal and heart-wrenching.

Ambrose Bierce: Author of the Day

(stealing this “something a day” format directly from delaney – and figuring i might as well be educational about it. i’ll do an Author of the Day, including a photo, quote, and trivia tidbit. i be learnin’)

“All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.”

from Meigs County, Ohio!!!  he drew topographical maps during the Civil War as an enlisted man, was also shot in the head.

in 1913, he disappeared…..

hope this was enough to pique interest – now dig for yourselves, please…..