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“Who so loves believes the impossible”: Celebrating Pisces Authors

Posted by Sarah Bofenkamp on

In the ocean of every Pisces, there swim two fish: one to climb up toward the heavens and one to map the world’s depths, one ruled by dreamy Neptune and the other by searching Jupiter. They swim and seek and, after their long journeys, they meet in the middle - eager to feed on the vibrant reef of the heart. It is there that they rest and couple and create. It is from there that they write. 


Their words have the ability to build like waves, their pens the pointed power to drown. At best they look like John Lewis or John Steinbeck. At worst, much like L. Ron Hubbard or Bret Easton Ellis. Pisces are boundless in feeling, the old souls of the zodiac - the devoted, the demanding, the watery.


They are Carson McCullers, Ralph Ellison, Kōbō Abe, and Amy Tan. They are David Foster Wallace’s endless pages of despair, just as they are Edward Gorey’s enigmatic illustrations. They are Anaïs Nin’s secret, simultaneous husbands and Lawrence Durrell’s lament - “Who invented the human heart, I wonder?” They are always, always, looking for love. 

Sarah J. Bofenkamp is a reader, writer, and librarian living in Palouse, Washington.

More Notable Pisces Authors
André Breton - February 19, 1896
Kay Boyle - February 19, 1902
Carson McCullers - February 19, 1917
Amy Tan - February 19, 1952
Sally Rooney - February 20, 1991
Anthony Veasna So February 20, 1992
Anaïs Nin - February 21, 1903
W.H. Auden - February 21, 1907
John Lewis - February 21, 1940
David Foster Wallace - February 21, 1962
Chuck Palahniuk - February 21, 1962
Jane Bowles - February 22, 1917
Edward Gorey - February 22, 1925
W.E.B. Du Bois - February 23, 1868
Judith Butler - February 24, 1956
Anthony Burgess - February 25, 1917
Victor Hugo - February 26, 1802
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - February 27, 1807
John Steinbeck - February 27, 1902
Lawrence Durrell - February 27, 1912
Michel de Montaigne - February 28, 1533
Lytton Strachey - March 1, 1880
Ralph Ellison - March 1, 1914
Robert Lowell - March 1, 1917
Tom Wolfe - March 2, 1930
John Irving - March 2, 1942
James Merrill - March 3, 1926
Khaled Hosseini - March 4, 1965
Gabriel Garciá Márquez - March 6, 1927
Kōbō Abe - March 7, 1924
Bret Easton Ellis - March 7, 1964
John McPhee - March 8, 1931
Jeffrey Eugenides - March 8, 1960
Vita Sackville-West - March 9, 1892
Douglas Adams - ​​March 11, 1952
Jack Kerouac - March 12, 1922
Edward Albee - March 12, 1928
Dave Eggers - March 12, 1970
L. Ron Hubbard - March 13, 1911
Albert Einstein - March 14, 1879
Alice Hoffman - March 16, 1952
William Gibson - March 17, 1948
John Updike - March 18, 1932
Philip Roth - March 19, 1933
Ovid - March 20, 43 BC
Henrik Ibsen - March 20, 1828
Lois Lowry - March 20, 1937
Louis Sachar - March 20, 1954

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