National Cashew Day

calendar •
1644 –
Areopagitica
by John Milton is published.
1874 – Far From the Madding Crowd, by Thomas Hardy, is published.
1897 – Pencil sharpener patented by J L Love
1913 – Jean Cocteau reviews Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way: “It resembles nothing that I know of, and reminds me of everything I admire.”
1936 – 1st issue of Life, picture magazine created by Henry R Luce
1937 – John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men opens in New York City.

birthdays •
1909 – Nigel Tranter, British historian and writer (d. 2000)
1920 – Paul Celan is born in Romania. (d.1970)
1931 – Dervla Murphy, Irish traveller and author
1932 – Shel Silverstein is born (d.1999)
1936 – Robert Barnard, British mystery writer
1955 – Steven Brust, American author

4 part masacre • via Susie Brights blog, we have the transcribed Arlo Guthrie classic Alice’s Restaurant which includes a lovely link to the audio.

worth hearing • from NPR , the author of Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War notes that the Pilgrims encountered Native Americans — and stole their corn — before reaching Plymouth Harbor.

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