In the mood for a good movie? Some toe-tapping music? A thrilling book? ON THIS DAY will lead you to new possibilities every day, tied to interesting moments from history and popular culture. Whether it’s streamable and downloadable music and film, e-books and e-audio, or physical books and DVDs, we hope you’ll find something to enjoy as you pick up a few bits of history each day.
|On this day in 1891, Al Dubin was born. Dubin was a songwriter of the 1930s who wrote lyrics for several different composers, most frequently working with Harry Warren. Most of his songs were written for movie musicals; his standards include "42nd Street," "Shuffle Off to Buffalo," "Lullaby of Broadway," and "I Only Have Eyes for You." All of those are among the songs included on the "Great Lyricists" volume devoted to Dubin's work; it's available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|On this day in 1915, Saul Bellow was born. Bellow was one of the most critically praised authors of the mid-20th century, winning the National Book Award three times between 1954 and 1971. In 1976, Bellow was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. His novels often contain autobiographical elements, and while he disliked being pigeonholed as a "Jewish writer," Jewish identity is an important theme in his work. Bellow's 1953 novel The Adventures of Augie March tells one man's life story from childhood to adulthood, exploring how he copes with both the perils and the opportunities presented by modern American urban life. It's available as an e-audio at OverDrive.|
|And on this day in 1925, Nat Hentoff was born. Hentoff was a music critic, novelist, and syndicated columnist who was, at various times in his life, regularly published by publications ranging from The Village Voice (where he was the jazz critic for more than 50 years) to The Wall Street Journal. Hentoff described himself as a civil libertarian, which meant that his politics didn't often fall into neat left-right boxes; he was equally passionate in his defense of free speech and in his condemnation of abortion. Hentoff is the subject of the documentary The Pleasures of Being Out of Step, which is available for streaming at Hoopla.|