“The telephone will have become a relic of the past, and by means of wireless telegraphy the citizen may communicate with any city or town in the land.”—Not a bad prediction - this from the December 24, 1900 Boston Globe writing about what Boston of the year 2000 will be.
Three unpublished stories by J.D. Salinger that have never appeared in print or online mysteriously surfaced first on a bittorrent site before being posted to Reddit.
The Reddit poster claimed the stories were purchased in an ebay auction for about $109.88.
The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls,” “Paula,” and “Birthday Boy" are the 3 titles. "The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls" has been available to read under supervision at Princeton and is considered one of Salinger’s best unpublished work. "Paula" and "Birthday Boy" are both housed at the University of Texas and have been available for researchers there.
"The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls" is described as a somewhat prequel to the his Catcher in the Rye. It was originally written for Harper’s Bazaar, but Salinger pulled it before publication. The story features an appearance by Cathcer’s protagonist, Holden Caufield.
"While I do quibble with the ethics (or lack of ethics) in posting the Salinger stories, they look to be true transcripts of the originals and match my own copies." Kenneth Slawenski, author of “J.D. Salinger: A Life”
“The imagination is not a state: it is the human existence itself.”—
Today is the birthday of someone who never celebrated Thanksgiving. Poet and artist WILLIAM BLAKE
was born in London in 1757).
He started seeing visions when he was a young boy — God in the window, angels in trees.
He apprenticed to an engraver, and spent his life as a little-known printmaker and poet.
Blake set up an exhibition of his art in his brother’s shop and called it “Poetical and Historical Inventions.” He left the show up for a year, but not many people attended, and not a single piece of art was sold.
An 1863 book, Life of William Blake was published quoted many of Blake’s poems, and included his illustrations and was hugely popular, and for the first time, Blake was considered a major English poet.
"Every potato, every pepper," says Sam Beeler of Paterson, elder of the Sand Hill Delaware Indian tribe of New Jersey. "Tomato. Chocolate. Corn. Squash. Every single bean on the planet comes from this hemisphere. No wonder [the Europeans] thought they were in paradise."
American Indians — not “Native Americans,” a newfangled PC term that Beeler and many others dislike — play a key role in the Thanksgiving story, as you’ll recall.
We know very little about the first pilgrim Thanksgiving in 1621: when exactly it was, how it was celebrated, whether turkey was even on the menu. But we know, thanks to a letter from a colonist, about the local Wampanoag Indians who came by with five deer.