Literary Birthday - 18 April - Susan Faludi

Happy Birthday, Susan Faludi, born 18 April 1959

Seven Quotes

  1. When the enemy has no face, society will invent one.
  2. Divorced men are more likely to meet their car payments than their child support obligations.
  3. Feminism’s agenda is basic: It asks that women not be forced to “choose” between public justice and private happiness. It asks that women be free to define themselves — instead of having their identity defined for them, time and again, by their culture and their men.
  4. As it turns out, social scientists have established only one fact about single women’s mental health: employment improves it.
  5. The media and the rest of popular culture weren’t recording people’s reactions to 9/11; they were forcing made-up reactions down people’s throats.
  6. The women’s movement hit my neighbourhood like a freight train. Everybody got divorced. You wonder what would have happened to women if the suburbs hadn’t been built.
  7. The system of heroism depends on women to be weak so men can be strong.

Faludi is an American humanist, journalist and author. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1991 and a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992 for Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women.

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Literary Birthday - 18 April - Richard Harding Davis

Happy Birthday, Richard Harding Davis, born 18 April 1864, died 11 April 1916

Three Quotes

  1. The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way.
  2. All through the night, like the tumult of a river when it races between the cliffs of a canyon, in my sleep I could hear the steady roar of the passing army…. This was a machine, endless, tireless, with the delicate organization of a watch and the brute power of a steam-roller.
  3. No civilized person ever goes to bed the same day he gets up.

Davis was a journalist and writer of fiction and drama. He was best known as the first American war correspondent to cover the Spanish-American War, the Second Boer War, and the First World War. His writing played a major role in the evolution of the American magazine. His books include Soldiers of FortuneCinderella and Other Stories, and The Amateur.

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Literary Birthday - 17 April - Cynthia Ozick

Happy Birthday, Cynthia Ozick, born 17 April 1928

10 Cynthia Ozick Quotes

  1. All writing is presumption of course, since no one knows what it is like to be another human being.
  2. What we remember from childhood we remember forever - permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen.
  3. Because if I don’t start, I won’t get going. And sometimes starting is so difficult. Because it’s all chaos… It could be a scene in your mind or it could be some kind of tendril that you can barely define. So I have to force it. And then after – and this is real compulsion, real self-flagellation – it kind of takes off. But there’s a lot of agony before. And sometimes during. And sometimes all through. But just before the end and revelations start coming, that’s the joy. But mostly its hell.
  4. Advice to aspiring poets: Poetry is not letter-writing cut up into lines. Become familiar with the poets that are the infrastructure of literature; read, read, read.
  5. After a certain number of years, our faces become our biographies.
  6. If we had to say what writing is, we would have to define it essentially as an act of courage.
  7. Writers’ invisibility has little or nothing to do with Fame, just as Fame has little or nothing to do with Literature. (Fame merits its capital F for its fickleness, Literature its capital L for its lastingness.) 
  8. To imagine the unimaginable is the highest use of the imagination.
  9. Writers are very dangerous people. You shouldn’t know them.
  10. If I could do it again, I would step out of the furnace now and then. I’d run around and find reviews to write, articles; I’d scurry and scrounge. I’d try to build a little platform from which to send out a voice. I’d do, in short, what I see so many writers of your generation doing: Chasing a bit of work here, a bit there, publishing, getting acquainted. 

Ozick is an American-Jewish short story writer, novelist, and essayist

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