#BornThisDay: Gay Rights Pioneer, Edward Carpenter

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August 29, 1844- Edward Carpenter: “I might have simply settled down into an armchair literary life. I really don't know exactly why I didn't.” Gay Rights activist, socialist, feminist, pacifist, vegetarian, nudist, mystic, poet, essayist, sandal wearer… an ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Writer, Christopher Isherwood

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August 26, 1904- Christopher Isherwood: “Life is not so bad if you have plenty of luck, a good physique and not too much imagination.” In the summer of 1971 I was doing summer stock theatre in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. Lucky me, at 17 years old, I ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Polymath, Stephen Fry

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August 24, 1957- Stephen Fry: “You are who you are when nobody's watching.” Comedian, successful novelist, star of the silver screen, TV & stage actor, doer of good works, ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Writer, Dorothy Parker

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August 22, 1893- Dorothy Parker: "3 highballs & I am St. Francis of Assisi." As a screenwriter in Hollywood in the 1930s, Dorothy Parker irritated studio head ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Writer, Jacqueline Susann

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August 20, 1918- Jacqueline Susann: "A good writer is one who produces books that people read. So if I'm selling millions, I'm good." Nearly 50 years after Valley Of The ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Funny Lady, Carol Leifer

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    July 27, 1956- Carol Leifer graduated from Binghampton University with a degree in Theatre. She started in stand-up after she accompanied her then boyfriend, ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Writer, Joseph Hansen

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July 19, 1923- Joseph Hansen toiled for years writing poetry & gay fiction using a nom de plume before jumping in to the mainstream detective genre with his shaggy, savvy private ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Writer, Jaime Manrique

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June 16, 1949- One of my favorite books of 2012 was Jaime Manrique’s Cervantes Street, an engaging, highly readable fictional account of the life of Miguel de ... See the Rest