An Appreciation
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Happy (mumble grumble) Birthday…

I told myself I wouldn’t do any more of these types of posts for a while.
But then you see who it is whose birthday is celebrated today… and they’re just so gosh darn, dad gum fascinating writers, as well as interesting people, and you think to your self: “… okay… one more day… just one more… what can it hurt… besides… a lot of other bloggers seem to like these posts… blah, blah, blah…”
And by the time you’ve finished thinking to yourself, the post has practically written itself.

Here we go…
(mumble grumble mumble)

“People ask me why I don’t write about nature or the suburbs. If a writer could write the truth about one Chicago street, that would be a good life’s work.”

“When we get more houses than we can live in, more cars than we can ride in, more food than we can eat ourselves, the only way of getting richer is by cutting off those who don’t have enough.”

“A certain ruthlessness and a sense of alienation from society is as essential to creative writing as it is to armed robbery.”

Nelson Algren (pictured above) – whose birthday we remember on this date.


Russell Banks

“At a university, you study books that can be deconstructed, not books that can change your life. Algren’s (one of Bank’s heroes) books can change your life, and this kind of book you always have to discover on your own.”

“I much prefer working with kids whose life could be completely upended by a reading of a book over a weekend. You give them a book to read – they go home and come back a changed person. And that is so much more interesting and exciting.”

“Lists of books we reread and books we can’t finish tell more about us than about the relative worth of the books themselves.”

Russell Banks – whose birthday we remember on this date.




“Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.”

“Pain is never permanent.”

“To have courage for whatever comes in life – everything lies in that.”

St. Teresa of Ávila – whose birthday we remember on this date.



“It’s the hardest thing in the world to dedicate to writing, but if you do that even once a week, after six months or a year you’ll have something substantial.”

“I’m not a person who would get up at 5 A.M. to write, but I could sacrifice my Friday night and just order in dinner, sit at home and get into it.”

“There is no panic you can’t allay, no problem you can’t solve.”

Lauren Weisberger – whose birthday we remember on this date.


Algren image found here.
Banks image found here.
St. Teresa image found here.
Weisberger image found here.


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