Ask Jeeves, Edwardian England, and P.G. Wodehouse (1881.10.15)

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 English-born novelist, short-story writer, and playwright, best known as a satirist of the Edwardian British upper class, P.G. Wodehouse was born on this date in 1881.  You can ask your smart speaker or the butler Jeeves to tune into the Wodehouse birthday on Crosscurrents, 10/15 at 8 am.

P.G.WODEHOUSE ON KRNN, 10/15:  live on-air: http://www.krnn.org

P.G. Wodehouse quotes – – –

There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.”

The voice of Love seemed to call to me, but it was a wrong number.”

He had the look of one who had drunk the cup of life and found a dead beetle at the bottom.”

I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.”

Everything in life that’s any fun, as somebody wisely observed, is either immoral, illegal or fattening.”

“I always advise people never to give advice.”

What’s the use of a great city having temptations if fellows don’t yield to them?”

Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant—better left unstirred.”

An apple a day, if well aimed, keeps the doctor away.”

Every day you seem to know less and less about more and more”

Roaring 1920’s, The Lost Generation, and F.Scott Fitzgerald (1896.09.24)

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 An author whose life was a tragic example of the 1920’s – the joys of love and success, and the pain of excess and failure, F. Scott Fitzgerald was born on this date in 1896.  Please bring your dancing shoes for an electric swing playlist and a Fitzgerald birthday party on Crosscurrents, 9/24 at 8 am.

F.SCOTT FITZGERALD ON KRNN, 9/24 live on air:  http://www.krnn.org

Fitzgerald quotes

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

The loneliest moment in someones life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Show me a hero, and I’ll write you a tragedy.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

I don’t want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

And I like large parties. Theyre so intimate. At small parties there isnt any privacy.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” ― Fitzgerald F. Scott, The Great Gatsby

Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Whenever you feel like criticizing any one…just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Here’s to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard drinking people.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

It takes two to make an accident.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

There is no confusion like the confusion of a simple mind…” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

I’m a cynical idealist.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

I’ve been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

It is not life that’s complicated, it’s the struggle to guide and control life.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

Experience is the name so many people give to their mistakes.” ― Francis Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

In any case you mustn’t confuse a single failure with a final defeat.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night

What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story.” ― F Scott Fitzgerald

My God,’ he gasped, ‘you’re fun to kiss.” ― Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night

I am tired of knowing nothing and being reminded of it all the time.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night

One should . . . be able to see things as hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sometimes I don’t know whether I’m real or whether I’m a character in one of my novels.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Everybody’s youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.’

‘How pleasant then to be insane!” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Diamond as Big as the Ritz, and Other Stories

Very well then, better a sane crook than a mad puritan.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night

Ours was a generation grown up to find all gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken” —” ― F.Scott Fitzgerald

Animal Farm, 1984, and George Orwell (1903.06.25)

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An English novelist most known for his satirical works “Animal Farm” and “1984”, George Orwell was born on this date in 1903.  You will find no “doublethink” and that “all animals are equal” on the KRNN farm to which you are invited for an Orwellian birthday playlist on Crosscurrents, 6/25 at 8am.  ORWELL ON CROSSCURRENTS, 6/25: stream live via the web:  http://www.krnn.org

GEORGE ORWELL QUOTES

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
― George Orwell, Animal Farm

“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
― George Orwell, 1984

Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”
1984

 “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
― 1984

 “In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
― George Orwell

 “War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
― 1984

 “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
Animal Farm

 “Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.”
― George Orwell

 “The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.”
1984

 “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”
― Animal Farm

 “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”
― 1984

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
― George Orwell

 “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”
― 1984

 “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”
― 1984

“We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.”
― 1984

 “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”
―  1984

 “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. ”
― George Orwell

 “Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
― 1984

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
― George Orwell

“Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”
― 1984

“The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.”
― 1984

“One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.”
1984

“There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.”
― 1984

“If you kept the small rules, you could break the big ones.”
1984

“We are the dead. Our only true life is in the future.”
― 1984

“Can you not understand that liberty is worth more than just ribbons?”
―  Animal Farm

“If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?”
1984

“He was a lonely ghost uttering a truth that nobody would ever hear.”
― 1984

“Until they become conscious, they will never rebel”
― 1984

“In general, the greater the understanding, the greater the delusion; the more intelligent, the less sane.”
― 1984

“If there is hope, it lies in the proles.”
― 1984

“You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.”
“Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future.”
― 1984

“Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future.”
―  1984

“The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth.”
―  1984

“The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth.”
― 1984

Hamlet, Macbeth, and William Shakespeare (1564.04.23-ish)

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A poet and playwright whose drama and comedy works are among the most well known in the English language, William Shakespeare was born on this date in 1564.  His birthday on the 23rd is estimated (ish) based on his church baptism was documented on the 26th.  You are invited to the Shakespeare birthday to be held (not at the Globe Theatre) but rather at the KRNN Crosscurrents show 4/23 at 8 am.  ( http://www.krnn.org )

A Sample of William Shakespeare “Big Hit” One-Liners:

HAMLET ~~~

“To be, or not to be: that is the question”. – (Act III, Scene I).

AS YOU LIKE IT ~~~

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool”. – (Act V, Scene I)

“All the world ‘s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts” – (Act II, Scene VII).

RICHARD III ~~~

“A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!”. – (Act V, Scene IV).

ROMEO AND JULIET ~~~

“For you and I are past our dancing days” . – (Act I, Scene V).

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE ~~~

“But love is blind, and lovers cannot see”

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR ~~~

“As good luck would have it”. – (Act III, Scene V).

JULIES CAESAR ~~~

Cry “Havoc,” and let slip the dogs of war”. – (Act III, Scene I)

MACBETH ~~~

“If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me”. – (Act I, Scene III)

KING LEAR ~~~

“Nothing will come of nothing.” – (Act I, Scene I).

“I am a man more sinned against than sinning”. – (Act III, Scene II).

 

Poetry, Poems, and Robert Frost (1874.03.26)

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A four-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, who was known unofficial as America’s poet laureate, Robert Frost was born on this day in 1874.  There will be a small bit of poetry and a whole lot of music for the Robert Frost birthday to which you are invited along the radio show less traveled on Crosscurrents, 3/26 at 8 am.      ROBERT FROST ON CROSSCURRENTS, 3/26.  ( Radio Link:  http://www.krnn.org )

Poetry, Romance, and Lord Byron (1788.01.22)

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LORD BYRON ON CROSSCURRENTS, 1/22:  The most flamboyant and notorious British poet of the Romantic Movement who gained notoriety by his scandalous private life and brilliant use of the English language, Lord Byron was born on this date in 1788.  The romance of Lord Byron’s poetry has inspired a show of love and triumph through “doo wop” music to which you are invite on Crosscurrents, 1/22 at 8 am.  ( radio link: http://www.krnn.org )

As Lord Byron is quoted as saying:

Friendship is Love without his wings!
Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.
And, after all, what is a lie? ‘Tis but
 The truth in masquerade.
Deep Vengeance is the daughter of deep Silence.
here is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.
Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.
Adversity is the first path to truth.
There is no instinct like that of the heart.
The best prophet of the future is the past.
To have joy, one must share it.
Hatred is the madness of the heart.
There is something pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything.
If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad.
I am not now
That which I have been.
This is the age of oddities let loose.
The English winter – ending in July to recommence in August
There is pleasure in the pathless woods.

 

 

Gaelic Halloween Looking for Dead Irish Poets with the Dogs (2017.10.30)

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OK… so its the day before Samhain... still time to celebrate the Irish spirits.

GAELIC HALLOWEEN ON CROSSCURRENTS, 10/30:  The Gaelic harvest festival of Samhain over time became the basis upon which many Halloween rituals are based.  Gavin and Wyatt wait in the graveyard anticipating the appearance of Irish dead poets to arrive from the underworld.  You are invited to join the Irish Samhain Halloween celebration on Crosscurrents, 10/30 at 8 am.