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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, January 25, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, January 25, 2021

It’s the birthday of the woman who sang “At Last,” “Tell Mama,” and “Something’s Got a Hold On Me.” Blues singer Etta James (1938).

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, January 24, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, January 24, 2021

“Half the trouble in life is caused by pretending there isn’t any.” ― Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth – Born this day 1862

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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, January 23, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, January 23, 2021

It’s the birthday of biochemist and pharmacologist Gertrude B. Elion (1918), who developed drugs to treat leukemia, malaria, herpes, and AIDS.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, January 22, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, January 22, 2021

It’s the birthday of fiction writer Aryn Kyle (1978) who said “I try to remind myself that Emily Dickinson lived in an attic, which makes me feel well adjusted by comparison.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, January 21, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, January 21, 2021

“I am reduced to a thing that wants Virginia.” –Vita Sackville West in a letter written to her lover Virginia Wolf from a train in Italy on this day in 1926.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Today is the birthday of author Susan Vreeland (1946), whose novels merge her love of art and history with fiction.

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

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

Today is the 100th birthday of Patricia Highsmith, who is best known for her trilogy about the charming psychopath, Tom Ripley, and is also the author of “Strangers on a Train”, and “The Price of Salt”.

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

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

A.A. Milne was born this day in London, 1882. A successful playwright in his life, his invention of Winnie the Pooh overtook his legacy and that of his son Christopher Robin.

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

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

“Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.” Michelle Obama, born this day 1964, from her memoir “Becoming.”

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

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

“Camp asserts that good taste is not simply good taste; that there exists, indeed, a good taste of bad taste.” – Susan Sontag, born this day 1933

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