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Gary Baldridge
Gary Baldridge, newest in our series of guest contributors, is a freelance writer and subscribes to TinL as a Premium Member. Author of one biography published in 1999, Gary has worked as a daily newspaper reporter in Texas and New Mexico. A native of Houston, he was graduated in journalism from the University of Texas. Gary worked overseas for a global charity for a number of years, residing in four countries and traveling in 90. He has lived in an African capital, on a volcanic island and in the suburbs of Paris and London. After more than eight years as an executive for a not-for-profit in Atlanta, he resigned Dec. 31, 2004, to devote full time once again to writing. He hopes to find a literary agent soon for his completed novel, a next-generation sequel to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

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GARY BALDRIDGE at Today in Literature
3/24/1964     Amiri Baraka, Broadway to 9/11
On this day in 1964 Amiri Baraka's one-act play, Dutchman, opened off-Broadway, launching its author into 40 years of racial controversy. Baraka, then still know as LeRoi Jones, suggested in the play that racial killing might be a last-resort path to healing for oppressed and repressed African-Americans -- "a whole people of neurotics, struggling to keep from being sane."
3/22/1832     Goethe's "More Light!"
On this day in 1832 Germany's greatest literary light, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, gave the world his last metaphor, this time unintended. After first making a reference to a girl of his youth, and then to his long dead friend, Friedrich von Schiller, Goethe ordered his servant to open another shutter with "More light!" He died shortly afterwards, aged eighty-two, his last act being to trace a word in the air with his finger. (Today's article is by guest contributor Gary Baldridge.)
3/31/1631     Donne, Marvell, Memento Mori
On this day in 1631 John Donne died at the age of fifty-eight. Although his earlier poems and life were decidedly joie de vivre, Donne's last years were all memento mori - his famous "for whom the bell tolls" Meditation was published in 1624, his final sermon was described by contemporaries as his own funeral oration, and his final weeks were spent sleeping beside his funeral shroud.
2/28/1973     Gravity's Rainbow Appears
On this day in 1973 Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow appeared, causing among the critics the sort of wonder and mayhem which begins the novel, as a V-2 rocket slams into 1944 London: "A screaming comes across the sky. It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now...." The final verdicts ranged from "unreadable" to "masterpiece."
4/6/1839     Stendhal's 52-Day Novel
On this day in 1839, Stendhal's last novel appeared in French bookshops, the product of fifty-two days of total seclusion and continuous dictation. The aging author had started using a copyist-secretary in 1835, when eyeglasses had become a necessity. This marathon session resulted in The Charterhouse of Parma -- "the collected and embellished memories of a man who is waiting to die."

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March 17, 2018
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