We’ll Be Right Back

There’s a little bit of a work slowdown here at Frankly Curious. There are a couple of reasons for this. Primarily, I have been having the worst time sleeping, and even though that means I’m awake a lot, I don’t feel much like writing. Also, I am doing taxes. I think the worst of that is over. So if I can manage to get a decent night’s sleep tonight, I might write quite a lot tomorrow. As it is, I’ve seen a number of films recently—in particular: Identity Thief and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. One of those is excellent; I’ll let you guess which. And of course, there is lots of politics, including the very interesting story of Timothy McKinney who is on death row in Memphis and almost certainly innocent. I also have something to say about plagiarism, Stephen Glass, and Charles Manson.

So forgive my absence but hurry back soon because, as always, there’s lots going on in my scattered brain.

Happy Days for Beckett

Samuel BeckettSince I’ve started doing these birthday posts, I’ve never come upon a day like this. I wish I could spread out these birthdays, because normally, I would feature any number of these people.

The last man to enter Parliament with honest intentions, Guy Fawkes was born on this day in 1570. Thomas Jefferson was born in 1743. Butch Cassidy was born in 1866. Scrabble inventor Alfred Mosher Butts was born in 1899. American Atheists founder Madalyn Murray O’Hair was born in 1919. Don Adams was born in 1923. Playwright Lanford Wilson was born in 1937. And Christopher Hitchens was born in 1949.

Al Green is 67 today. Ron Perlman is 63. The great Amy Goodman is 56. And chess player Garry Kasparov is 50.

But the winner of the day, by less than I would have predicted, is the great playwright Samuel Beckett who was born on this day back in 1906. In celebration, here is his short (10 minute) play Ohio Impromptu starring Jeremy Irons:

Happy birthday Samuel Beckett!