March 28, 2019
Garrison Keillor heads to Steele County for a solo performance to benefit the Historical Society. 7:30 p.m.
February 24, 2019
“Old Friends” Garrison Keillor, Christine DiGiallonardo, Richard Dworsky reunite at Crooners. Shows at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Fergus Falls, MN
February 23, 2019
“Old Friends” Garrison Keillor, Christine DiGiallonardo, Richard Dworsky reunite at A Center for the Arts. 7:30 p.m.
Detroit Lakes, MN
February 22, 2019
“Old Friends” Garrison Keillor, Christine DiGiallonardo, Richard Dworsky reunite at Historic Holmes Theatre. 7:30 p.m.
St. Cloud, MN
February 21, 2019
“Old Friends” Garrison Keillor, Christine DiGiallonardo, Richard Dworsky reunite at Pioneer Place on Fifth. 7:30 p.m.
by Erica Jong
A world of hats
old New York––
children playing hopscotch,
to bridges being built––
where even the dead
everyone in hats!
Peaked caps on workers,
bowlers on bankers,
top hats on plutocrats––
hats, hats, hats!
Which we have tossed
like sumptuary laws
& yet kept
You can tell a king
without his purple,
ermine or crown.
The world of hats
in old photographs
& in our hearts.
We still style & file
by cloak, by watch, by ring.
Hatted heads we wear
“Hats” by Erica Jong from The World Began with Yes. © Red Hen Press, 2019. Reprinted with permission. (buy now)
It’s the birthday of the scientist who first proposed that the Earth revolved around the Sun, Nicolaus Copernicus, born in Poland (1473).
The Christian Church held the belief that God had created the Universe just for mankind and so the Earth must be the center of it. But that did not fit with what Copernicus knew about physics and the motion of the planets so he published his
heliocentric — sun-centered —theory of the universe, which he sent to various astronomers and dedicated to Pope Paul III, hoping the Pope would protect him from vilification and indeed, controversial though the idea was, the Church didn’t immediately condemn him for it.
It’s the birthday of Amy Tan (books by this author) born to Chinese immigrant parents in Oakland (1952). Her mother hoped she would become a concert pianist or a doctor, but instead she became a writer. She started out writing business manuals and speeches for executives, and took up jazz piano and writing fiction. She wrote a book of short stories in about four months which worked together like a novel, and the book was published as The Joy Luck Club (1989), a big best-seller.
It’s the birthday of writer Jonathan Lethem (books by this author) born in New York City (1964). His mother was a political activist, his father an avant-garde painter. He went off to Bennington College in Vermont, and he said: “My experience there was a collision with the realities of class — my parents’ bohemian milieu had kept me from understanding, even a little, that we were poor […] I’d been raised in a hipster fog where intellectualism and cultural access obscured poverty so completely it became a kind of privilege.”
He dropped out and hitchhiked to the West Coast, where he worked in bookstores and started to write. His first big success was Motherless Brooklyn (1999), about a detective named Lionel Essrog with Tourette’s syndrome. Then he drew from his own experience growing up in a Bohemian household in a racially diverse neighborhood of Brooklyn, and he endowed his main characters with superhero powers, and he published the novel The Fortress of Solitude (2003), another best-seller.
He held that dream and fantasy are as real as the everyday world. The manifesto was meant to be a revolutionary document and was signed by a number of French artists and writers.
It’s the birthday of Carson McCullers (books by this author), born in Columbus, Georgia (1917). At the age of 17, she moved to New York City. She was a classical pianist, planning to study at Juilliard, but she lost her tuition money on her second day in the city. She started writing and published a novel when she was just 23 years old: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940). It was a best-seller and she became a literary celebrity.
When she was 24, she had a series of strokes that left her partially paralyzed, a nervous breakdown, and breast cancer. Her husband killed himself. She died of a stroke at the age of 50. Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams were friends of hers.
Through it all, she kept writing: Reflections in a Golden Eye (1941), The Member of the Wedding (1946), and The Ballad of the Sad Café (1951).
It was on this day in 1945 that U.S. Marines began their invasion of Iwo Jima, a small volcanic island 660 miles off the coast of Japan. An American Marine described it as “Hell with no flames but still smoking.”
Four days later, the Marines raised the American flag on Mt. Suribachi. The photograph of the flag-raising was one of the most famous images of World War II. Of the six soldiers shown, only three survived the battle, which lasted five weeks. Of the 21,000 Japanese defending the island, 20,000 were killed.