"The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible - and achieve it, generation after generation." — Pearl S. Buck (June 26, 1892 - March 6, 1973), American expatriate writer. To learn more about Buck, see Contemporary Literary Criticism: Volume 127.

Today is Ambrose Bierce’s Birthday. Read a Preview of Bierce’s Entry in Short Story Criticism: Volume 244

"Divorce: a resumption of diplomatic relations and rectification of boundaries."  -- From The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce (born June 24, 1842)

From Short Story Criticism: Volume 244:

Ambrose Bierce


(Full name Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce; also spelled Gwinett; also wrote under the pseudonyms Dod Grile and William Herman) American short-story writer, journalist, essayist, fabulist, and poet.

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"How often one reads a contemporary full-length novel and thinks quietly, mutinously, that it would have worked out better at half or a third the length." — Ian McEwan, English novelist and author of Atonement. Born June 21, 1948.

“Vicious Circle,” a poem by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (today is his birthday!)

Vicious Circle (translated by Frederic G. William)

  The firefly danced in the air impatiently: "Oh how I wish that I could be that yellow, That burns in the eternal blue, a candle far!" And yet the star gazed on the moon with jealousy:   "If only I could copy such transparency, Which, from the Grecian column to the Gothic sill, Has contemplated lovers' faces sighingly!" And yet the moon gazed on the sun with...
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"I am very happy when people write that they have worn out my books, or that they are held together by Scotch tape. I consider that the ultimate compliment." - Richard Scarry (June 5, 1919 - May 30, 1994), author of Little Golden Books and the Busy Town series