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Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren’t lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.
- Dorothy Parker
Happy Birthday Mrs. Parker!

JD Salinger’s house is awfully cozy. Did he write here when it was his place in the 1950s? Now it’s for sale. $679,000 seems reasonable for 12 acres and a literary legend.

Poet laureate of LA lowlife, the enfant terrible of the Meat School poets, prophet of the underemployed, an X-rated Oscar the Grouch: Happy birthday Charles Bukowski!

poetrysince1912:

Quraysh Ali Lasana going a “long way home" in a Poetry Cab!

nypl:

The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons has added his own #ireadeverywhere photo to the mix! He may play a physicist on TV, but off-screen he loves reading about Buster Keaton. Tell us where you love to read

Congratulations to poet Frank Bidart and the rest of the winners!

penamerican:

It’s time to celebrate! Congratulations to the 2014 PEN Literary Awards Winners! Visit our website for the full list of winners! http://ow.ly/zKGsv

Oh look! It’s Michael Connelly and Matthew McConaughey. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times

It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window.
Raymond Chandler, born July 23, 1888, in Farewell My Lovely

Me too! Happy birthday to all of us.

astronautthrowdown:

Not everybody shares their birthday with one of their heroes. Happy birthday Raymond Chandler.