Ahoy, mateys! September 19 be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so hoist the mainsail and shiver me timbers! Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Arrrr!
On September 10, 1941, Stephen Jay Gould was born. Gould was a paleontologist, biologist, and historian of science. He had the talent of writing about complicated scientific questions in a way that the non-scientist could understand.
On July 20, 1933, Cormac McCarthy was born. McCarthy’s novels are stark tales of morality, usually set in a bleakly amoral world.
On June 16, 1938, Joyce Carol Oates was born. Oates is a novelist, essayist, and short-story writer; she is both extremely prolific and highly regarded by literary critics, a rare combination.