William Faulkner Was An Iconic Author And A Mediocre Mailman (Cool Weird Awesome 1094)

Today in 1897, the birthday of William Faulkner, the Nobel Prize winning author of novels like The Sound and the Fury, and, for a few years, one of the most unproductive postmasters the US mail has ever seen. 

By |2023-09-25T08:54:17-04:00September 25, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Dorothy Parker Could’ve Come Up With A More Clever Title For This Episode Than We Did (Cool Weird Awesome 832)

Today in 1893, writer Dorothy Parker was born. Those who knew her say nobody had a sharper wit - and we have the one-liners to prove it.

By |2022-08-22T07:09:35-04:00August 22, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Donald J. Sobol’s Encyclopedia Brown Books Taught Young Readers To Solve Mysteries (Cool Weird Awesome 626)

Today's the birthday of a mystery author known to millions of kids, Donald J Sobol. He wrote the Encyclopedia Brown series, about a 10 year old detective who solved cases because he knew, as his nickname suggested, all sorts of unusual and obscure facts in the era way before the internet. Plus: it’s National Taco Day, and here's the story of one of the largest tacos ever made. 

By |2021-10-04T09:14:12-04:00October 4, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

When Agatha Christie Wasn’t Writing Mysteries, She Was Surfing (Cool Weird Awesome 613)

Today's the birthday of Agatha Christie, the novelist and playwright who gave us some of the most popular mysteries of all time. But when she wasn't sending Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot out to crack cases, she was often found surfing. Plus: it's the birthday of playwright Jerry Sterner, best known for “Other People’s Money," and for being buried under a headstone that was perfect for someone in his line of work.

By |2021-10-04T09:14:21-04:00September 15, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

How The Baby Sitters Club Became The Book Series All The 80s Kids Were Reading (Cool Weird Awesome 333)

Netflix is about to release a show based on The Baby-Sitters Club I used to re-shelve all the time at the public library where I worked. Here's the story of how the series came to life. Plus: if you could use a little beauty in your world right now, check out the photos of Trung Huy Pham, documenting Vietnam's annual water lily harvest.

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