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    The Muses Companion – April 26, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is April 26th, the 116th day of the year 2024, with 250 days remaining. “As April wanes, the promise of spring deepens, nurturing seeds both in the earth and in our hearts.” Mary Oliver Today in Literary History: On this day in 1986, Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood was published in Japan. This novel, which brought Murakami widespread fame, explores themes of loss and nostalgia set against the backdrop of 1960s Tokyo. The poignant narrative captures the restless spirit of youth and the deep currents of personal change. Notable Birthdays: Bernard Malamud (April 26, 1914 – March 18, 1986), an American author renowned for his novels and…

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    The Muses Companion – January 7, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is January 7th, the 7th day of the year 2024, with 359 days remaining. The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. Socrates Today in Literary History: On this day in 1985, Japanese author Haruki Murakami began writing his novel Norwegian Wood. This novel later became a significant turning point in his career, skyrocketing him to international fame. The title, inspired by the Beatles song of the same name, evokes a sense of nostalgic melancholy and highlights Murakami’s unique blend of the surreal with the everyday. Notable Birthdays: Zora Neale Hurston, an influential African-American writer and anthropologist, was born on this day in 1891.…