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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, October 19, 2021

“I have always written what I wanted to write. I have never considered the audience for one second. … Before publication, I am a despot.”—Philip Pullman (1946)

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, October 18, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, October 18, 2021

Today is the birthday of Chuck Berry (1926). The singer-songwriter broke into the charts in 1955 with “Maybellene,” and in 1958 “Johnny B. Goode.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, October 17, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, October 17, 2021

Today is the birthday of Shinichi Suzuki (1898). He taught children to play violin by listening and imitating, the way they learn to speak. A method that now bears his name, Suzuki Violin Method.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, October 16, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, October 16, 2021

“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” — Oscar Wilde, born on this day in 1854.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, October 15, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, October 15, 2021

“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” — Oscar Wilde, born on this day in 1854.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, October 14, 2021

It’s the birthday of poet E.E. Cummings (1884), and for his birthday we feature the poem “All in green went my love riding.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Singer and songwriter Paul Simon celebrates his 80th birthday today. His first hit, with partner Art Garfunkel, was “The Sounds of Silence.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, October 12, 2021

It was on this day in 1892 that the Pledge of Allegiance was recited en masse for the first time, by more than 2 million students.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, October 11, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, October 11, 2021

“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, born October 11, 1884.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, October 10, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, October 10, 2021

It’s the birthday of playwright Harold Pinter (1930), whose use of dramatic pauses, noted in the text of his plays, has entered the dictionary as “Pinteresque.”

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