The Muses Companion

The Muses Companion – March 19, 2024

Good day, readers. Today is March 19th, the 78th day of the year 2024, with 288 days remaining.

“As March unfolds its mellow days, we find ourselves at the cusp of spring’s renewal, each moment brimming with potential.”

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Today in Literary History:

On this day in 1891, Ivan Goncharov, a prominent Russian novelist best known for his novel Oblomov, passed away. Goncharov’s work is celebrated for its deep psychological insight and the portrayal of the struggle against social and personal stagnation, themes that resonate across cultures and eras.

Notable Birthdays:

Philip Roth (March 19, 1933 – May 22, 2018), one of the most formidable and provocative voices in contemporary American literature, was born on this day. His works, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning American Pastoral, explore complex questions about identity, American life, and the human condition.

Today’s Readings:

From Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov:

“If one doesn’t think, one doesn’t question. If one doesn’t question, one doesn’t suffer.”

Fact of the Day:

On this day in 1918, the U.S. Congress established time zones and approved daylight saving time to save energy during World War I. This change, often a source of annual confusion, has been explored in literature as a metaphor for the fluidity and arbitrariness of time, which both constrains and liberates human lives.


As the days lengthen and the air warms, let the transformative nature of March inspire a renewal of thought and spirit in our own lives. Whether through Goncharov’s introspective prose or Roth’s incisive commentary, today’s literary milestones encourage us to reflect on our paths and the societal constructs that shape them.

Poem of the Day:

“Thoughts in March” by John Clare:

The cock crows loud on windy morn
In March when clouds are black and torn,
And in the gusty wind the trees
Do sound like far-off stormy seas.

Advice for Writers:

Embrace the introspective mood of March to delve deeper into your characters’ psyches. Like Roth and Goncharov, explore the complexities of personal and societal pressures in your narratives. Consider how the changing seasons can mirror the inner changes and growth in your stories.

May your creative endeavors today be as fruitful and promising as the unfolding spring. Until tomorrow, may your writing journey be enriched by the changing seasons and the timeless questions they evoke.

Please Leave A Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Discover more from Thomas Slatin

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading