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“Love and build, love and work, love and fight”: Celebrating Aquarius Writers

Posted by Sarah Bofenkamp on

On the ​​Northwest corner of Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles sits the shell of Johnie’s Coffee Shop. Though technically empty since 2000, people can sometimes be seen gathering under the angular, space-age roof of this relic of Googie architecture. Passersby may be surprised to see the building lit on certain nights - what remains of its incandescent bulbs flashing, its neon glowing. Known today as Bernie’s Coffee Shop, it is a hub for climate change activists and socialists alike. They dot the orangesicle vinyl booths, planning the revolution. 

In the Aquarian world of dreams, these people could be Yoko Ono or Miranda July. They could be Audre Lorde and Toni Morrison, sitting at the burnished steel restaurant counter, celebrating their shared birthday. Even William S. Burroughs and Gertrude Stein attend, after checking a gun and a poodle at the door. Richard Brautigan too nods a greeting - topping off his coffee with a splash from a silver flask. 

As spirits swell, passions rise in a chorus along with the car horns outside, louder and louder as more people stall to see it: the zeitgeist, the enlightenment. Angela Davis, Germaine Greer, Frederick Douglass, Virginia Woolf, Judy Blume. Colette, taking a cigarette break on the sidewalk, illuminated by a bright Saturn in the sky.

Sarah J. Bofenkamp is a reader, writer, and librarian living in Palouse, Washington. She is also an Aquarius.

More Notable Aquarius Writers
Lord Byron - January 22, 1788
August Strindberg - January 22, 1849
Stendhal - January 23, 1783
Derek Walcott - January 23, 1930
E.T.A. Hoffman - ​​January 24, 1776
Edith Wharton - January 24, 1862
Robert Burns - January 25, 1759
Virginia Woolf - January 25, 1882
Gloria Naylor January 25, 1950
Angela Davis - January 26, 1944
Lewis Caroll - January 27, 1832
Colette - January 28, 1873
Sister Souljah - January 28, 1964
Anton Chekhov - January 29, 1860
Edward Abbey - January 29, 1927
Germaine Greer - January 29, 1939
Richard Brautigan - January 30, 1935
Thomas Merton - January 31, 1915
Norman Mailer - January 31, 1923
Frederick Douglass - February 1, 1818
Langston Hughes - February 1, 1901
Muriel Spark - ​​February 1, 1918
James Joyce - February 2, 1882
Ayn Rand - ​​February 2, 1905
Gertrude Stein - February 3, 1874
Betty Friedan - February 4, 1921
William S. Burroughs - February 5, 1914
Margaret Millar February 5, 1915
Charles Dickens - February 7, 1812
Laura Ingalls Wilder - February 7, 1867
Sinclair Lewis - February 7, 1885
John Ruskin - February 8, 1819
Jules Verne - February 8, 1828
Kate Chopin - February 8, 1850
Elizabeth Bishop - February 8, 1911
Neal Cassady - February 8, 1926
Natsume Soseki - February 9, 1867
J.M. Coetzee - February 9, 1940
Alice Walker - February 9, 1944
Boris Pasternak - February 10, 1890
Bertolt Brecht - February 10, 1898
Charles Darwin - February 12, 1809
Judy Blume - February 12, 1938
Miranda July - February 15, 1974
Eckhart Tolle - February 16, 1948
Andre Norton - February 17, 1912
Nikos Kazantzakis - February 18, 1883
Wallace Stegner - February 18, 1909
Toni Morrison - February 18, 1931
Yoko Ono - February 18, 1933
Audre Lorde - February 18, 1934

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