Friday, October 11, 2013

Nobel Prize, Etc.


Canada's 82-year-old Alice Munro, known as the 'master' of short stories, won the 2013 Nobel Prize in literature.

Munro is the 13th woman to receive the literature prize.

I read in The Washington Post that Munro has long been celebrated by Western writers. American novelist Cynthia Ozick once described her as "our Chekhov," comparing her to the Russian playwright known for challenging Russia's restrictive Tsar-era social codes.

I don't remember ever reading any of her stories, but I might have.

Alice Munro
This means that now I am going to have to look for (and buy) one or two of her short story collections.

The Catholic Church did what?

It misspelled the name of JESUS.

It appears that the Mint ran into some trouble when it came to the word "Jesus," as it appears as "Lesus" on the printed medal, available in gold, silver, and bronze.

Details  . . .

Did You Know . . .?

The youngest pope was 11 years old.


On this day, October 11 in 1975, William Jefferson Clinton married Hillary Rodham in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Bill and Hillary met in 1972 while both were studying law at Yale University; both also worked on George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign.

After marrying, they settled in Arkansas, where Clinton immersed himself in politics and practiced law until he decided to run for governor of the state in 1978. He won and became the youngest man ever to hold the position of governor in any state. In 1992, he ran for the presidency against Republican incumbent George H.W. Bush. He won, becoming, at age 46, the youngest president since John F. Kennedy, who took office at age 43.



1. A usually fatal epidemic disease, such as bubonic plague.
2. A pernicious, evil influence or agent.



Jane Krakowski
(born October 11, 1968)
Jane Krakowski is an American actress and singer who is best known for her role as Jenna Maroney on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, for which she has received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and for her performance as Elaine Vassal on Ally McBeal, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. She also regularly performs on the stage and won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway revival of Nine and an Olivier Award for her role as Miss Adelaide in the West End revival of Guys and Dolls. Krakowski is also known as the voice of Giselle in Open Season and Open Season 2.

Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan
(born October 11, 1942)
Amitabh Bachchan is an Indian film actor. He first gained popularity in the early 1970s as the "angry young man" of Hindi cinema, and has since appeared in over 180 Indian films in a career spanning more than four decades. Bachchan is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema,

Bachchan made his Hollywood debut in 2013 with The Great Gatsby, in which he played a non-Indian Jewish character, Meyer Wolfsheim.

Emily Erin Deschanel
(born October 11, 1976)
Emily Deschane is an American actress, television producer, and film producer. She is best known for her role as Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan in the police dramedy series Bones.


Elmore John Leonard, Jr.
(Oct 11, 1925 - Aug 20, 2013)
Elmore Leonard was an American novelist and screenwriter. His earliest novels, published in the 1950s, were Westerns, but Leonard went on to specialize in crime fiction and suspense thrillers, many of which have been adapted into motion pictures.

Among his best-known works are Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk, and Rum Punch (adapted for the movie Jackie Brown). Leonard's writings include short stories that became the films 3:10 to Yuma and The Tall T, as well as the current FX television series Justified.


"Power, like a desolating pestilence, pollutes whatever it touches."
--Percy Bysshe Shelley


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