September 23

Shion Miura

Shion Miura (三浦 しをん born September 23, 1976) Japanese essayist and writer

Read more about Shion Miura here

Watch a discussion, with Shion Miura, of her novel The Great Passage

Madhav Prasad Ghimire

Madhav Prasad Ghimire (born September 23, 1919) Nepali poet

Read more about Ghimire here and here

Read a translation of Ghimire's poem "A sparrow and a sparrow" here

How do the (male) sparrow
and (female) sparrow talk?
The (male) sparrow says charp charp
The (female) sparrow says chirp chirp

Don’t feed on the grains until
You look around yourself
You see (around) with one eye
I’ll see (around) with the one eye too

Pick up the small rice grains
without obeying anyone! *tip tip*
I will chirp once more
And you fly away once more

The cat becomes surprised
The bird of prey becomes shocked
How clever the (male) sparrow is!
How clever the (female) sparrow is!

Watch a Nepali language interview of Madhav Prasad Ghimire

Joshua Foer

Joshua Foer (born September 23, 1982) U.S. science writer – Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything (2010)

Read an interview with Joshua Foer here

Joshua Foer talks about the relationship of writing to memory, in the past and today

Pauline Réage (Anne Desclos)

Pauline Réage (AKA: Anne Desclos) (Real name: Dominique Aury) (born September 23, 1907) French novelist, literary critic – Histoire d’O

Read more about Aury's novel, Story of O here

"Although shocking for its graphic depictions of sadomasochism, the novel was admired for its reticent, even austere literary style. ...Story of O, the title of the English edition, is an account of a French fashion photographer, known only as O, who descends into debasement, torment, humiliation, violence, and bondage, all in the name of devotion to her lover, René."