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Ernest Hemingway Writing at Campsite in Kenya

A Week to Remember: Ernest Hemingway

July 17, 2018

Ernest Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899. Hemingway was one of the great novelists of the 20th century, and his terse style has been imitated for decades.

Collage of Linda Ronstadt's album covers

Music Monday: Happy Birthday, Linda Ronstadt!

July 16, 2018

Linda Ronstadt was born on July 15, 1946. Ronstadt was one of the major pop/rock singers of the 1970s and 1980s, who explored a wide range of styles and genres, almost always to critical acclaim.

Collage of books by neurologist and author Oliver Sacks

A Week to Remember: Oliver Sacks

July 10, 2018

Oliver Sacks was born on July 9, 1933. Sacks was a neurologist and author whose case studies of patients with unusual disorders became best-sellers.

Bela Fleck playing his banjo and collage of his album covers

Music Monday: Happy Birthday, Béla Fleck!

July 09, 2018

Béla Fleck was born on July 10, 1958. Fleck is a virtuoso banjo player who has taken the instrument far beyond the expected bluegrass and folk music.

Events that occurred on Fourth of July and American flag

A Week to Remember: Happy Independence Day!

July 03, 2018

The Fourth of July is this week, and it's the 242 year anniversary of American independence!

Leoš Janáček and his hand drawn composition

Music Monday: Leoš Janáček

July 02, 2018

Leoš Janáček was born on July 3, 1854. Janáček began composing in his late teens, but most of his major works were composed in the last decade of his life.

Collage of books by Lawrence Block

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Lawrence Block!

June 26, 2018

Lawrence Block was born on June 24, 1938. Block is a prolific mystery novelist who has written more than 70 books under his own name and dozens more under various pseudonyms.

Composer Bernard Herrmann and album covers of his film scores.

Music Monday: Bernard Herrmann

June 25, 2018

Bernard Herrmann was born on June 29, 1911. Herrmann's career as a film composer began with Citizen Kane and ended with Taxi Driver.

Collage of books by Pauline Kael

A Week to Remember: Pauline Kael

June 19, 2018

Pauline Kael was born on June 19, 1919. For almost forty years, she was one of our most important film critics. Her writing was opinionated and witty, and she was noted for her willingness – her critics might have said "eagerness" – to disagree with the critical consensus.

Collage of Cyndi Lauper's music

Music Monday: Happy Birthday, Cyndi Lauper!

June 18, 2018

Cyndi Lauper was born on June 22, 1953. Lauper is a singer/songwriter who brought quirky style, a powerful voice, and a playful attitude to the pop charts in the early 1980s.