#BornThisDay: Writer, William S. Burroughs

  February 5, 1914- William Seward Burroughs II: “A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on.” Drugs, gay sex, foreign lands, trouble with authority and then writing it all down: chapter headers for my memoir Jockstraps ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Writer, Gertrude Stein

  February 3, 1874- Gertrude Stein: “Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” I caught it yesterday while channel hoping. The familiar Woody Allen opening credits were rolling and I decided ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Writer, Langston Hughes

February 1, 1902- Langston Hughes was a gay man who, because of his era and his community, was deep in the closet. He remains one of my favorite poets. He was also an inspired novelist, lecturer, columnist, playwright,  and one of the very most important and ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Writer, Colette

January 28, 1873- Colette: “Do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm”. She was Sidonie Gabrielle Claudine Colette Gauthier-Villars de Jouvanel Goudeket, but smartly went by the simple, Colette. Colette put herself out to the world as ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Writer, W. Somerset Maugham

  January 25, 1874- W. Somerset Maugham: "At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, & talk well but not too wisely." Maintaining the habit of writing for several hours each morning, Maugham produced 30 plays, 24 ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Writer, Vicki Baum

January 24, 1888- Vicki Baum When her book and play Grand Hotel became a Broadway hit, Baum traveled from Berlin to the USA to take part in the advertising campaign of her NYC publisher Doubleday. She was celebrated as a star, and after a ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Writer/Composer, Paul Bowles

December 30, 1910- Paul Bowles was one of the last surviving members of a generation of gay artists whose work shaped 20th century literature & music. In the introduction to Bowles's Collected Stories (1979) Gore Vidal ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Writer, David Sedaris

December 26, 1956: David Sedaris: "Shit is the tofu of cursing.” I don’t recall what brought me to pick-up that hardback copy of Barrel Fever. With its iconic Chip Kidd designed cover, at my favorite bookstore, M ... See the Rest