I'm borrowing heavily from the Writers Almanac this week.
Today is Nelson Algren's birthday. He's the guy who said "Never eat at a place called "Mom's," never play cards with a guy named "Doc," and never go to bed with anyone who has more troubles than you." The Chicago Tribune offers the annual Nelson Algren Award for short fiction in his honor, even though he was born in Detroit.
And today is the birthday, also, of Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, another one of my all-time favorites. His hilarious book, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, which is about a young man who falls in love and runs away with his aunt, is...tada...more than a little autobiographical. Technically, she was his aunt-in-law before she became his first wife.