Thursday, August 28, 2008
Age 29 – Oprah Winfrey gets her own T.V. show
Age 30 – Steve Martin first appears on the Tonight Show
Age 30 - Kurt Vonnegut publishes his first novel, "Player Piano" (to be fair he was fighting in WWII and stuff)
Age 31 – Neil Simon writes his first play
Age 31 – Judy Blume publishes her first novel
Age 33 – Virginia Woolf writes her first novel, the Voyage Out
Age 34 – Margaret Edson produces her first and only play, “Wit”
Age 36 – Christopher Guest has his one-season stint on SNL
Age 36 – Dave Barry gets his gig writing a humor column for the Miami Herald
Age 38 – George Saunders publishes first collection of short stories
Age 40 - Eric Carle publishes "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"
Age 45 - Roald Dahl writes "James and the Giant Peach"
Age 46 - E.B. White publishes his first children's novel (never mind that the New Yorker printed his first essay at age 26)
Age 57 – George Washington becomes president
I’m gonna flip out when I turn 40.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
This corrected NYTimes headline reflects a commitment to getting the full story on how committed Jamaica is to the procurement of additional glory:
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Orlando Bloom has agreed to star in a film about the Sarajevo siege of the early 1990s. Here's what he had to say about the city:
"Hopefully, we can get this movie to be made at the end of this year. To come here and shoot would be just wonderful," he said.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Today I was exposing my third grade art class to the exquisite, Impressionist water lilies of Monet's late work. They were enthralled. I even wore my Monet necktie with water lilies on it (which impressed them somewhat less than the slides). Afterwards, I mentioned that another artist from approximately the same era who sometimes worked in an Impressionistic style was Eduoard Manet and that some people confused Monet's work with Manet's.
I was somewhat startled when a little girl in the back of the room commented that she didn't think Monet's work looked anything like Manet's. I was quite curious about her seemingly very astute observation, especially inasmuch as I'd not even shown them any paintings by Manet. I questioned her further, asking her where she'd ever seen any Manets. She replied, "In our refrigerator."
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Ack! – Paul Revere
Quartering sure sounds bad! – Abraham Whipple
Taxation without representation, hurrah! – the British
This one’s for the British Royal Proclamation of 1763, suckers! – George Washington
They’ll call this Massacre Day! – anonymous colonial militiaman
Hey, those rocks really hurt! Cut it out! – Thomas Preston (British Captain present at Boston Massacre)
Also, a little known celebrity who fought for the Patriots, Jack Black: