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Literary Birthday - 28 July - Kwame Dawes

Happy Birthday, Kwame Dawes, born 28 July 1962

Three Quotes

  1. I work with musicians routinely, and we continue to combine music and poetry in ways that I think are meaningful.
  2. I believe that all fiction is personal and all writing is at some level personal. As you may know, my motto is: 'All memory is fiction'. It could just as easily be: 'All fiction is memory'. Unpacked, these two statements defy the ease of logic, but offer some really important truths about narrative art, at the very least, and about memory. So I would say that all art is personal.
  3. Maybe that is the power of poetry. It somehow transcends news cycles, and becomes a part of our collective imagination.

Read Kwame Dawes Memo to Poets - A Twitter Journey

Dawes is Ghana-born poet, actor, editor, critic, and musician, who grew up in Jamaica. His collections of poetry include Wisteria: Poems From the Swamp CountryImpossible Flying, and Back of Mount Peace. He is Professor of English at the University of Nebraska and editor-in-chief at the Prairie Schooner.

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Literary Birthday - 27 July - Joseph Mitchell

Happy Birthday, Joseph Mitchell, born 27 July 1908, died 24 May 1996

Seven Quotes

  1. I believe the most interesting human beings, so far as talk is concerned, are anthropologists, farmers, prostitutes, psychiatrists, and an occasional bartender. The best talk is artless, the talk of people trying to reassure or comfort themselves, women in the sun, grouped around baby carriages, talking about their weeks in the hospital or the way meat has gone up, or men in the saloons, talking to combat the loneliness everyone feels.
  2. …you can hate a place with all your heart and soul and still be homesick for it.
  3. I had not yet found out about time; I was still under the illusion that I had plenty of time - time for this, time for that, time for everything, time to waste.
  4. I have a great deal of experience in justifying myself to myself.
  5. It is perhaps an ugly comment on the American press, but the function of the interviewer on most newspapers is to entertain, not to shed light.
  6. In New York City, especially in Greenwich Village, down among the cranks and the misfits and the one-lungers and the has-beens and the might’ve beens and the would-bes and the never-wills and the God-knows-whats, I have always felt at home.
  7. Life is a goddam mess…but you wouldn’t want to miss it!

Mitchell was an American writer. He is best known for the work he published in The New Yorker. He is famous for his written portraits of eccentrics and people on the fringes of society, especially in and around New York City.

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