#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, 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, 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

#BornThisDay: Writer, Bob Smith

  December 24, 1958- Bob Smith L.V. Beethoven: "The world is a king, & like a king, desires flattery for a favor; but true art is selfish & perverse, it will not submit to the mold of flattery.” The quote is from the ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay- Jean Genet

December 19, 1910- Jean Genet: "I'm homosexual... ‘how & why’ are idle questions. It's a little like wanting to know why my eyes are green." If you need an introduction to the life of Genet try Edmund White's hefty , yet absorbing ... See the Rest