Category: Culture

January 7th Birthday Love: Zora Neale Hurston

American author, filmmaker, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, 1891 in Notasulga, Alabama. In 1894, Hurston moved with her family to Eatonville, Florida, which became the setting of many of her stories. In fact, the citizens of Eatonville still celebrate the writer at the “Zora! Festival“. Hurston wrote over 50 short …

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January 5th Birthday Love: Umberto Eco

Novelist Umberto Eco was born on this day January 5, 1932 in Alessandria, Italy and died on February 19, 2016 in Milan, Italy. His most well-known books include The Name of the Rose and Foucault’s Pendulum. “Until then I had thought each book spoke of the things, human or divine, that lie outside books. Now I realized …

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January 4th Birthday Love: Gao Xingjian

Celebrated novelist, playwright, critic, translator, screenwriter, stage director, and painter Gao Xingjian was born on this day January 4, 1940 in Ganzhou, China. Xingjian moved to France in 1987, and was granted French citizenship in 1997. In 2000 Gao Xingjian received the Nobel Prize in Literature “for an oeuvre of universal validity, bitter insights and linguistic …

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January 2nd Birthday Love: Jimmy Santiago Baca

Today is the birthday of American poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, born January 2, 1952 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Here is his poem “[Today, running along the river],” from Winter Poems Along the Rio Grande. [Today, running along the river] 2. Today, running along the river,                 dead leaves cling                 to cathedral cottonwood branches,                 snap in …

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Christmas Drink Recipes from Around the World

Whether your preference is for alcohol or just a warming liquid, you’ll find something in the selections below to lift your holiday spirits. Wassail The basic Wassail hails from Britain where it has been a seasonal favorite for centuries. It’s a delightful mixture that comes in a variety of styles. Ingredients:1 gallon apple cider1 orange1 …

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Artist Spotlight: Charley Harper

Today’s artist spotlight is on the American Modern artist, Charley Harper. He was born on the family farm in Frenchton, West Virginia, on August 4, 1922. Growing up, he not only had the farm to explore, but also the Appalachian hills, where he spent time wandering the land and observing the wildlife. This upbringing suited …

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Absolutely Magical: The Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico

The day of the dead in Oaxaca, Mexico is the 1st and 2nd of November but for me it starts with the first cool breeze that descends from the northern mountains and brings to me feelings of inexplicable joy. I truly have no idea where these feelings come from. I have asked myself this question …

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3 Fun Cult Films for Halloween

If you’re a fan of cult films, you know that nothing satisfies you more than watching what could be best described at a bad attempt at making something called ‘art’. Well, perhaps that’s a bit harsh. Truth be told, a cult film is really just a movie that takes on a life of its own, …

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13 Classic Movies for a Spooky Halloween Night

It’s not easy to create a horror movie that doesn’t rely solely on sudden loud noises or gore to shock viewers, which is perhaps why so few films in the horror genre rise above mediocre. A movie like Carrie has some wonderful scenes, but the overall mood is ruined by shifts in tone as if it can’t …

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The Evolution of Vampires: Exploring Vampire Lore in Modern Media

Vampires have come a long way in history, despite being supposed mythical creatures. Stories depicting vampires as ruthless, bloodthirsty creatures have had numerous retellings in the form of various media, be they literature, television or the silver screen. As the world turns, so too does the vampire myth. For centuries, the vampire myth tells of …

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