Happy birthday, Joseph Conrad and Mark Salzman.
Secret Agent and Heart of Darkness author Joseph Conrad was born today in the Ukraine (then part of Poland) in 1857. He died in 1924.
And Iron & Silk author Mark Salzman turns 48 today. Don't miss his hilarious memoir Lost in Place, in which he talks about running around in a Kung Fu wig and pyjamas as an aspiring martial arts master in suburban Connecticut. A more sober and equally fine contribution is True Notebooks, in which he discusses teaching writing to prisoners.