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June 24 Brief, Bitter, Bierce
  On this day in 1842, the writer-reporter-wit Ambrose Bierce was born in Horse Cave Creek, Ohio. Those familiar with Bierce usually approach him through his Civil War stories and then stay to enjoy, or at least marvel at, his celebrated aphorisms and definitions. These offer a scoff for every situation, and can seem as bitter as they are brief, as in "Once: enough."
June 23 Steinbeck's Discontent
  On this day in 1961 John Steinbeck's The Winter of Our Discontent was published. The book was written during Steinbeck's despair that fame or friends had led him away from "true things" to "shiny easy things," and with a hope that he could "slough off nearly fifteen years and go back and start again at the split path where I went wrong." The first reviews were mixed, though Steinbeck would get the Nobel the following year.
June 22 Tropic of Cancer & the SLAPS test
  On this day in 1964 the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling that found Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer to be obscene. This landmark decision came three years after the book's first publication in America, thirty years since its publication in Europe, and a hundred years since Comstock began to patrol the mails for such "vampire literature."

June 24, 2017
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