The Muses Companion

The Muses Companion – January 6, 2024

Good day, readers. Today is January 6th, the 6th day of the year 2024, with 360 days remaining.

Learning never exhausts the mind.

Leonardo da Vinci

Today in Literary History:

On this day in 1912, New Mexico was admitted as the 47th state of the United States. This event has been explored in numerous historical and cultural studies, emphasizing its unique blend of Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo-American influences, which has significantly shaped the literary and artistic traditions of the region.

Notable Birthdays:

E.L. Doctorow (January 6, 1931 – July 21, 2015), an American author known for his works of historical fiction, was born on this day. His novels, such as Ragtime and The March, skillfully integrate historical and fictional narratives, offering new perspectives on American history.

Today’s Readings:

From Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow: “He was thinking that the surest sign of the existence of God was music.”

Literary Fact of the Day:

On January 6, 1412, according to tradition, Joan of Arc was born. Her story has been immortalized in countless plays, books, and films, depicting her as a complex figure of mysticism, leadership, and national identity.

Poem of the Day:

“Alone” by Maya Angelou:

Lying, thinking
Last night
How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
And bread loaf is not stone
I came up with one thing
And I don’t believe I’m wrong
That nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

There are some millionaires
With money they can’t use
Their wives run round like banshees
Their children sing the blues
They’ve got expensive doctors
To cure their hearts of stone.
But nobody
No, nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Now if you listen closely
I’ll tell you what I know
Storm clouds are gathering
The wind is gonna blow
The race of man is suffering
And I can hear the moan,
‘Cause nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

This poignant poem by Maya Angelou speaks to the fundamental human need for connection and support, emphasizing that no one can thrive in isolation.

Advice for Writers:

Inspired by E.L. Doctorow’s narrative blending of historical and fictional elements, consider how you can weave factual events into your fictional narratives to enrich the depth and authenticity of your stories. Integrating real historical contexts can provide a compelling backdrop that enhances character development and plot dynamics.

Have an enriching and thoughtful day, dear readers. Until tomorrow, may your creative endeavors enlighten and inspire both you and your audience.

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