Yes, June 29th is the birthday of one of the 20th century's greatest philosophers: Antoine de Saint-Exupery.  Or, for the purposes of this blog, AdSE.  His full name was actually Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger, comte de Saint Exupery.  In case you thought your name was cool.  Also, in case you missed it, he was a Count.  That's awesome.  If there's one rank in aristocracy that is way cooler than all the others, it's Count.  All the coolest people are Counts.  The Count of Monte Cristo, the Count de la Fere (Athos), Count Dracula, Count von Count, Count Duckula, you get the idea.

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Look at that skeptical face. I wish I could look that skeptical.

So, we've established that AdSE was cool because he was a Count.  He didn't stop there, though.  He was also a great pilot.  After a childhood of family tragedies and academic difficulties (though some people think he did poorly in several exams on purpose), AdSE spent his young adulthood taking odd jobs before finally joining the French military, taking private flying lessons, and becoming a pilot.  After a transfer to the air force (and the first of several plane crashes), however, his family's concern for his safety forced him to leave the air force and take and office job.

"So he was a Count and a badass pilot," you might say.  "So what?"  You might say.  Let me just also add that during World War II, he spent time in America trying to convince the US to join the war (i.e. being the Anti-Lindbergh.) and then went back to the war to join the Free French Air Force even though he was over the maximum allowed age and was in near constant pain from old plane crash injuries.  In other words, the coolest guy ever.

If all that isn't enough for you, though, I suppose there's also the fact that despite being a pilot (stereotypically brash and arrogant) and an aristocrat (stereotypically disengaged from the real world and arroganter) AdSE was, if his writing is anything to go by, one of the world's most compassionate and wonder-struck souls.

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Also, world's cutest illustrations.

I won't give you a blow by blow of AdSE's most famous book, The Little Prince, but suffice it to say that if you haven't read it, read it.  If you have read it, read it again.  I'm in the market for more books by this man, so hit me up!  

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