Zadie Smith FRSL is a contemporary British novelist, essayist, and short-story writer. Her début novel, White Teeth , immediately became a best-seller and won a number of awards. Her most recent book is Feel Free . She has been a tenured professor in the Creative Writing faculty of New York University since September 2010.
Washington Irving was an American short story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" , both of which appear in his collection, The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. His historical works include biographies of Oliver Goldsmith, Muhammad, and George Washington, as well as several histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with subjects such as Alhambra, Christopher Columbus, and the Moors. Irving served as the U.S. ambassador to Spain from 1842 to 1846.
Carol Leifer is an American comedian, writer, producer and actress whose career as a stand-up comedian started in the 1970s when she was in college. David Letterman discovered her performing in a comedy club in the 1980s and she has since been a guest on Late Night with David Letterman over twenty-five times as well as numerous other shows and venues. She has written many television scripts including for The Larry Sanders Show, Saturday Night Live and Seinfeld.
Patience can be a good thing - but not necessarily. Sometimes it's not so bad to be impatient. I'm a little bit too polite.Helen Mirren
You know, once something freezes, it's solid. That's the key to the arctic - they didn't fear the cold, they made use of it.Wade Davis
You have to be positive, and I'm not just talking about athletics, this also applies to life.Sheryl Swoopes
The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.Denis Waitley