Susan’s Almanac Project for February 24, 2018

By | 2018-02-24T17:43:42+00:00 February 24th, 2018|

It’s the birthday of Wilhelm Carl Grimm (b. 1786), who with his brother Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm (b. 1785) collected and studied folk stories and poetry from many languages, basically founding the modern study of folk lore and freaking out generations of children with horrifying tales. The oldest two of six children, the Grimm brothers [...]

Susan’s Almanac Project for February 22, 2018

By | 2018-02-22T19:11:00+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|

It’s the birthday of Edward Gorey, known for his silly, grisly, disturbing, darkly funny pseudo-Victorian drawings and stories—and best known for the title sequence animation for PBS Mystery (1980). Many have assumed that the aptly-named Gorey must have been a grim personality with many Edwardian skeletons in his closet, but by all accounts Gorey was [...]

Susan’s Almanac Project for February 21, 2018

By | 2018-02-21T17:46:23+00:00 February 21st, 2018|

N.B.: This post runs a little long in honor of the novel Infinite Jest, which runs 1,079 pages. It’s the birthday of David Foster Wallace, born in 1962 and best known for his brilliant novel, Infinite Jest (1996). Considered by many to be the greatest writer of his generation (Zadie Smith, for example, and perhaps [...]

Susan’s Almanac Project for February 20, 2018

By | 2018-02-20T15:17:01+00:00 February 20th, 2018|

It’s the birthday of Richard Matheson, prolific writer of horror, science fiction, and fantasy, and a major influence on such authors as Stephen King. Many of Matheson’s novels or stories have been made into movies, including his best known work, I Am Legend (1954), about the last human in a world full of vampires. I [...]