Happy Birthday, Pablo Neruda: Quotes about Life (and Love)

Born in Chile on July 12, 1904, we recognize Pablo Neruda 112 years later as a political activist and eclectic poet. As a Communist holding several Chilean governmental posts, Neruda faced danger when Radical Party presidential candidate Gabriel González Videla turned against the Communist Party.

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Celebrate Limerick Day: Learn About Edward Lear

“There once was a man named Lear Who wrote poems that pleased the ear, He lived long ago, But his name we do know, Because his work still brings us great cheer!” –Kate Gawlowski Why do we love limericks? It might be the light language, the funny words, and the clever rhymes, all nicely pieced together with…

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Happy Birthday, Beckett! Celebrate the (Absurd) “Waiting for Godot” Author

Samuel Beckett was a most interesting man—a fact that can be immediately confirmed by the author’s influential contributions to the Absurdist Movement (but we’ll get to what that is in a moment). Though born and raised in Ireland, Beckett fell in love with Paris in his 20s after graduating from Trinity College with a B.A. in modern…

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How To Live a Life That Matters: Maya Angelou on Love and Attitude

Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928 and is true to the title of her own poem, a “Phenomenal Woman.” Few people can say they have been a novelist, actress, singer, director, scholar, researcher, poet, and brothel madam, yet Angelou has filled all of these roles and many more, including being an integral part of…

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The Western Flyer: Steinbeck’s Boat Flying Through Time

The compass simply represents the ideal, present but unachievable, and sight-steering a compromise with perfection which allows your boat to exist at all. —The Log from the Sea of Cortez In Port Townsend—a charming, coastal town nestled in the northeastern end of the Olympic Peninsula—a piece of literary and biological history is being remastered and preserved.…

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