People Magazine’s Early Cover Celebrates Betty White’s 100th Birthday

For months, editors of People magazine had focused on the issue. betty white for the year-end cover letter. Her 100th birthday was approaching on January 17, and readers always seemed to warm to her self-deprecating, somewhat mischievous observations. Ms. White, who has been a favorite of social media in recent years, has appealed to everyone, …

Celebrating Dostoevsky’s 200th Birthday – The New York Times

In his late 20s, Fyodor Dostoyevsky was arrested for reading banned books. A death sentence was commuted at the last moment and instead he was exiled for four years in a Siberian prison camp called Katorga. “The unbearable intimacy of summer; “The unbearable cold of winter,” he wrote. “The dirt on the floors is an …