Albert Camus (Nobel Prize & The Stranger) Born; Also Joni Mitchell, Free Man/Paris; Joan Sutherland, Casta Diva
As today's NPR story by Eleanor Beardsley makes clear, Camus is still controversial 100 years after his birth. You can listen to her report here to understand why. Then, if you have time, you might want to take a few minutes to check out this clip from Visconti's 1967 film version of The Stranger and the short BBC clip that provides more insight into why Camus was ostracized after winning the Nobel Prize.
TAGS: Writers & Writing, Famous Birthdays
She may have been born in Canada, but this singer, songwriter, painter, and overall extraordinary human being, was also a "Free Man in Paris." Here she is singing that song during a live concert at London's Wembley Arena in 1983. She turns 70 today, but as her fans have long understood, she was always far older than years.
This Aussie Diva, born today in 1926, was one of the great coloratura sopranos of opera's bel canto repertoire. Here she is in a breathtaking performance of "Casta Diva" from Bellini's Norma.
TAGS: Famous Birthdays, Muses & Music
I like big books, and I cannot lie. My background includes talk radio, newspapers and TV news. I've hosted a morning-drive classical music program on the California coast and published nationally in Reader's Digest, the Christian Science Monitor, and Playboy. I've won awards for my journalism and my fiction. One of my essays even made it into an anthology for college English courses. For real? Yes, for real.
If you’re reading this website, think of me as a troubadour standing on the street corner, strumming a guitar and singing a few songs. Not everyone who comes this way is able to make contribution. But if you’re one of the passers-by who can, then feel free to drop a little spare change in my hat by clicking either the Donate or the Become a Patron button below.