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October 13 Lowell & the West Street Jail [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1943 Robert Lowell went to jail for draft evasion. Lowell was barely published at this point, but because he came from a venerated Boston family the event made headline news. He would later turn the jail time into "Memories of West Street and Lepke," a centerpiece poem in Life Studies, the 1959 collection regarded by many as the most important book of American poetry in the second half of the twentieth century.
October 12 France and the Surrealists [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1924 the French writer and man of letters, Anatole France died. In 1921 the Nobel Committee praised France for having "nobility of style, a profound human sympathy, grace, and a true Gallic temperament"; when he died, the Surrealists asked for permission to slap his corpse and then put it "in an empty quayside box of the old books which he loved so much and thrown into the Seine. Dead, this man must produce dust no longer."
October 11 Elmore Leonard, Bad Guys [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1925 Elmore Leonard was born in New Orleans. Leonard's view of his villains and born-to-losers: ". . . I don't think of them as bad guys. I just think of them as, for the most part, normal people who get up in the morning and they wonder what they're going to have for breakfast, and they sneeze, and they wonder if they should call their mother, and then they rob a bank. Because that's the way they are. . . ."

December 18, 2017
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