Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 16 July 1960 – John P. Marquand, an American writer and recipient of the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for his novel “The Late George Apley.”
Some quotes from the work of John P. Marquand:
“Some day you will know that there is a beauty of the soul that is more important than worldly beauty. Remember this when you see worldly beauty.”
“Distrust the book which reads too easily because such writing appeals more to the senses than to the intellect. Hard reading exercises the mind.”
“If George Apley failed to meet certain challenges, let us admit that we all have failed in some respects, and let us remember that we stand together peculiarly as one large family. Collectively, in habits and ideals, our group is a family group where kinship, however distant, stretches into the oddest corners.”
“I hope that I am as broadminded as others, and you have always seen a decanter of wine on the table.”
“Nothing which is worth while is easy, nor in my experience is the actual doing of it particularly pleasant. The pleasure arises from completion and from the knowledge that one has done the right thing and has stood by one’s convictions.”
Below – “Venetian Waterway Italy”; “Gondola Boat Repair Shop”; “Venice”
Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Birth: Born 16 July 1928 – Anita Brookner, an English novelist, art historian, and recipient of the 1984 Man Booker Prize for her novel “Hotel du Lac.”
Some quotes from the work of Anita Brookner:
“Real love is a pilgrimage. It happens when there is no strategy, but it is very rare because most people are strategists.”
“In real life, it is the hare who wins. Every time. Look around you. And in any case it is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market. Hares have no time to read. They are too busy winning the game.”
“Great writers are the saints for the godless.”
“I suppose what one wants really is ideal company and books are ideal company.”
“One loses the capacity to grieve as a child grieves, or to rage as a child rages: hotly, despairingly, with tears of passion. One grows up, one becomes civilized, one learns one’s manners, and consequently can no longer manage these two functions – sorrow and anger – adequately.”
“There are moments when you feel free, moments when you have energy, moments when you have hope, but you can’t rely on any of these things to see you through. Circumstances do that.”
Below – “Totem Diptych”; “Black Light From Para Adulto”; “Standing Room Only”
For Your Information: 16 July is both National Fresh Spinach Day and National Corn Fritter Day in the United States.
Below – “Kitchenmaid”; “Searching for Fleas”; “Dice Players”; “The Courted Singer”; “Cupid and Psyche”; “Self-Portrait.”
Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Death: Died 16 July 1985 – Heinrich Boll a German novelist, short story writer, and recipient of the 1967 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Some quotes from the work of Heinrich Boll:
“Behind every word a whole world is hidden that must be imagined. “Actually, every word has a great burden of memories, not only just of one person but of all mankind. Take a word such as bread, or war; take a word such as chair, or bed or Heaven. Behind every word is a whole world. I’m afraid that most people use words as something to throw away without sensing the burden that lies in a word.”
“If you want to do something… get up and actually do it!”
“If the dead could speak there would be no more war.”
“Humor is really one of the hardest things to define, very hard. And it’s very ambiguous. You have it or you don’t. You can’t attain it. There are terrible forms of professional humor, the humorists’ humor. That can be awful. It depresses me because it is artificial. You can’t always be humorous, but a professional humorist must. That is a sad phenomenon.”
“One ought to go too far, in order to know how far one can go.”
“Strangely enough I like the kind to which I belong: people.”
This Date in Art History: Died 16 July 2013 – Alex Colville, a Canadian painter.
Below – “Horse and Train”; “Pacific”; “Man on Verandah”; “Cyclist and Crow”; “Boat and Marker”; “Nude and Dummy.”
Worth a Thousand Words: Region NGC 6357 in our galaxy, termed by one writer a cosmic “Winter Wonderland.” In the words of the same writer, “This composite image contains X-ray data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the ROSAT telescope (purple), infrared data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope (orange), and optical data from the SuperCosmos Sky Survey (blue) made by the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope.”
This Date in Art History: Born 16 July 1883 – Charles Sheeler, an American painter.
Below – “Still Life”; “American Landscape”; “Bucks County Barn”; “New England Irrelevancies”; “The Artist Looks at Nature”; “Classic Landscape.”
Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 16 July 1995 – Stephen Spender, an English poet, novelist, and essayist.
“I Think Continually”
by Stephen Spender
I think continually of those who were truly great.
Who, from the womb, remembered the soul’s history
Through corridors of light where the hours are suns
Endless and singing. Whose lovely ambition
Was that their lips, still touched with fire,
Should tell of the Spirit clothed from head to foot in song.
And who hoarded from the Spring branches
The desires falling across their bodies like blossoms.
What is precious is never to forget
The essential delight of the blood drawn from ageless springs
Breaking through rocks in worlds before our earth.
Never to deny its pleasure in the morning simple light
Nor its grave evening demand for love.
Never to allow gradually the traffic to smother
With noise and fog the flowering of the spirit.
Near the snow, near the sun, in the highest fields
See how these names are feted by the waving grass
And by the streamers of white cloud
And whispers of wind in the listening sky.
The names of those who in their lives fought for life
Who wore at their hearts the fire’s centre.
Born of the sun they travelled a short while towards the sun,
And left the vivid air signed with their honour.
Below – “Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 110”; “Pancho Villa Dead and Alive”; “At Five in the Afternoon”; “Je t’aims No. 2”; “Tobacco Roth-Handle”; “Mexican Collage.”