Saturday, February 21, 2009

Look but don't stare . . .

A birthday salute to Wystan Hugh Auden (February 21, 1907 – September 29, 1973), poet, better known as W. H. Auden. He has been referred to as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.

Wystan Hugh Auden published his first book of verse in 1928.  A few years later, his book entitled Poems, published in 1930, established him as the leading voice of a new generation.

He travelled thru Iceland, Germany, China and served in the Spanish Civil War, and these experiences provided rich material for his verse. His poetry frequently recalls a journey or quest.

"Every man carries with him through life a mirror, as unique and impossible to get rid of as his shadow." - W. H. Auden

“All that we are not stares back at what we are” - W. H. Auden

“Good can imagine Evil; but Evil cannot imagine Good” - W. H. Auden

Happy Birthday to Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk (born 1962-02-21), an American satirical novelist and freelance journalist. He is best known for the award-winning novel Fight Club.

"I haven't had a TV in 10 years, and I really don't miss it. 'Cause it's always so much more fun to be with people than it ever was to be with a television." - Chuck Palahniuk

"It's easy to attack and destroy an act of creation. It's a lot more difficult to perform one." - Chuck Palaniuk

"The first step — especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money — the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art." - Chuck Palaniuk

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