Roddy Doyle, Thomas Pynchon, Pat Barker, Gary Snyder, Gertrud Fussenegger, Edmund Wilson, Alain-René Lesage, Sophus Schandorph, Romain Gary

De Ierse schrijver Roddy Doyle werd geboren in Dublin op 8 mei 1958. Zie ook alle tags voor Roddy Doyle op dit blog.

Uit: The Snapper

“–You’re wha’? said Jimmy Rabbitte Sr.
He said it loudly.
–You heard me, said Sharon.
Jimmy Jr was upstairs in the boys’ room doing his D.J. practice. Darren was in the front room watching Police Academy II on the video. Les was out. Tracy and Linda, the twins, were in the front room annoying Darren. Veronica, Mrs Rabbitte, was sitting opposite Jimmy Sr at the kitchen table.
Sharon was pregnant and she’d just told her father that she thought she was. She’d told her mother earlier, before the dinner.
-Oh — my Jaysis, said Jimmy Sr.
He looked at Veronica. She looked tired. He looked at Sharon again.
–That’s shockin’, he said.
Sharon said nothing.
–Are yeh sure? said Jimmy Sr.
–Yeah. Sort of.
Jimmy Sr wasn’t angry. He probably wouldn’t be either, but it all seemed very unfair.
–You’re only nineteen, he said.
–I’m twenty.
–You’re only twenty.
–I know what age I am, Daddy.
–Now, there’s no need to be gettin’ snotty, said Jimmy Sr.
–Sorry, said Sharon.
She nearly meant it.
–I’m the one tha’ should be gettin’ snotty, said Jimmy Sr.
Sharon made herself smile.
She was happy with the way things were going so far.“


Roddy Doyle (Dublin, 8 mei 1958)


De Amerikaanse schrijver Thomas Pynchon werd op 8 mei 1937 geboren in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York. Zie ook alle tags voor Thomas Pynchon op dit blog.

Uit: V

„Dog into wolf, light into twilight, emptiness into waiting presence, here were your underage Marine barfing in the street, barmaid with a ship’s propeller tattooed on each buttock, one potential berserk studying the best technique for jumping through a plate glass window (when to scream Geronimo? before or after the glass breaks?), a drunken deck ape crying back in the alley because last time the SP’s caught him like this they put him in a strait jacket. Underfoot, now and again, came vibration in the sidewalk from an SP streetlights away, beating out a Hey Rube with his night stick; overhead, turning everybody’s face green and ugly, shone mercury-vapor lamps, receding in an asymmetric V to the east where it’s dark and there are no more bars. Arriving at the Sailor’s Grave, Profane found a small fight in progress between sailors and jarheads. He stood in the doorway a moment watching; then realizing he had one foot in the Grave anyway, dived out of the way of the fight and lay more or less doggo near the brass rail. “Why can’t man live in peace with his fellow man,” wondered a voice behind Profane’s left ear. It was Beatrice the barmaid, sweetheart of DesDiv 22, not to mention Profane’s old ship, the destroyer USS Scaffold. “Benny,” she cried. They became tender, meeting again after so long. Profane began to draw in the sawdust hearts, arrows through them, sea gulls carrying a banner in their beaks which read Dear Beatrice. The Scaffold-boat’s crew were absent, this tin can having got under way for the Mediterranean two evenings ago amid a storm of bitching from the crew which was heard out in the cloudy Roads (so the yarn went) like voices off a ghost ship; heard as far away as Little Creek. Accordingly, there were a few more barmaids than usual tonight, working tables all up and down East Main. For it’s said (and not without reason) that no sooner does a ship like the Scaffold single up all lines than certain Navy wives are out of their civvies and into barmaid uniforms, flexing their beer-carrying arms and practicing a hooker’s sweet smile; even as the N.O.B. band is playing “Auld Lang Syne” and the destroyers are blowing stacks in black flakes all over the cuckolds-to-be standing manly at attention, taking leave with rue and a tiny grin.”


Thomas Pynchon (Glen Cove, 8 mei 1937)
Down Town Glen Cove, Long Island


De Engelse schrijfster Pat Barker werd geboren in Thornaby-on-Tees op 8 mei 1943. Zie ook alle tags voor Pat Barker op dit blog.

Uit: Noonday

„Elinor was halfway up the drive when she sensed she was being watched. She stopped and scanned the upstairs windows—wide open in the heat as if the house were gasping  for breath—but there was nobody looking down. Then, from the sycamore tree at the end of the gar- den, came a rustling  of leaves. Oh, of course: Kenny. She was tempted to ignore him, but that seemed unkind, so she went across the lawn and peered up into the branches.
No reply. There was often no reply.
Kenny had arrived almost a year ago now, among the first batch of evacuees, and, although this area had since been reclassified—“neutral” rather than “safe”—here he remained. She felt his gaze heavy on the top of her head, like a hand, as she stood squinting up into the late-afternoon sunlight.
Kenny spent  hours up there, not reading his comics, not building a tree house, not dropping conkers on people’s heads—no, just watching. He had a red notebook in which he wrote down car numbers, the time people arrived, the time they left . . . Of course, you forgot what it was like to be his age: probably every visitor was a German spy. Oh, and he ate himself, that was the other thing. He was forever nibbling his fingernails, tearing at his cuticles, picking scabs off his knees and licking up the blood. Even pulling hair out of his head and sucking it. And, despite being a year at the village school, he hadn’t made friends. But then, he was the sort of child who attracts bullying, she thought, guiltily conscious of her own failure to like him.
“Kenny? Isn’t it time for tea?”
Then, with a great crash of leaves  and branches, he dropped at her feet and stood looking up at her, scowling, for all the world like a small, sour, angry crab apple.
“Where’s Paul?”
“I’m afraid he couldn’t come, he’s busy.”
“He’s always busy.”
“Well, yes, he’s got a lot to do. Are you coming in now?” Evidently that didn’t deserve a reply.
He turned his back on her and ran off through the arch into the kitchen garden.“


Pat Barker (Thornaby-on-Tees, 8 mei 1943)


De Amerikaanse dichter Gary Snyder werd geboren op 8 mei 1930 in San Francisco. Zie ook alle tags voor Gary Snyder op dit blog.


Above Pate Valley

We finished clearing the last
Section of trail by noon,
High on the ridge-side
Two thousand feet above the creek
Reached the pass, went on
Beyond the white pine groves,
Granite shoulders, to a small
Green meadow watered by the snow,
Edged with Aspen—sun
Straight high and blazing
But the air was cool.
Ate a cold fried trout in the
Trembling shadows. I spied
A glitter, and found a flake
Black volcanic glass—obsidian—
By a flower. Hands and knees
Pushing the Bear grass, thousands
Of arrowhead leavings over a
Hundred yards. Not one good
Head, just razor flakes
On a hill snowed all but summer,
A land of fat summer deer,
They came to camp. On their
Own trails. I followed my own
Trail here. Picked up the cold-drill,
Pick, singlejack, and sack
Of dynamite.
Ten thousand years.

Kyoto: March

A few light flakes of snow
Fall in the feeble sun;
Birds sing in the cold,
A warbler by the wall. The plum
Buds tight and chill soon bloom.
The moon begins first
Fourth, a faint slice west
At nightfall. Jupiter half-way
High at the end of night-
Meditation. The dove cry
Twangs like a bow.
At dawn Mt. Hiei dusted white
On top; in the clear air
Folds of all the gullied green
Hills around the town are sharp,
Breath stings. Beneath the roofs
Of frosty houses
Lovers part, from tangle warm
Of gentle bodies under quilt
And crack the icy water to the face
And wake and feed the children
And grandchildren that they love.


Gary Snyder (San Francisco, 8 mei 1930)


De Oostenrijkse schrijfster Gertrud Fussenegger werd geboren op 8 mei 1912 in Pilsen. Zie ook alle tags voor Gertrud Fussenegger op dit blog.

Uit: Das verschüttete Antlitz

„Damals war es Abend und Herbst.
Öde und unwirtlich sind die Hochflächen des
nordböhmischen Landes. Kahl sind sie, weil der Wind über sie hinfegt.Wo eine Straße läuft, stehen die dürren, schwarzberindeten Zwetschgenbäume in unabsehbaren Reihen. Die Bäche und Flüsse haben tiefe Täler ausgewaschen, dort drängt sich der Wald zu dichten Schöpfen zusammen, dort klappern Mühlen und rattern Sägen; dort werden in kleinen Fabriken baumwollene Strümpfe gewirkt und billiger Drell gewoben.
Auf steilen Kehren kriecht ein Omnibus zum Rand einer Schlucht empor. Er ist nicht groß, ein
schwärzlicher Kasten, der auf plumpen Rädern rumpelt. Der Motor tuckert, die Gänge kreischen. Oben auf der Ebene gewinnt er an Fahrt.
Drinnen ist es dunkel.DerWagen stößt und rüttelt, die Luft riecht süßlich nach Benzin, scharf und verdorben nach Atem und Kleiderdunst. Man ist schon eine Stunde unterwegs, irgendwo am Horizont schwimmen Lichter herauf, die Lampen einer größeren Ortschaft. Dort ist die Fahrt zu Ende. Aber zuvor hält der Wagen noch einmal an. Der Fahrer dreht das Licht auf.»AmWrschek«, sagt er. »Da wollte wer aussteigen.«
Auf der letzten Bank sitzt, in das Eck gelehnt, ein Mann und schläft. Der Hut ist ihm ins Gesicht gerutscht. »Der ist es«, ruft ein Knabe. »Der dort!« Jemand steht auf, stößt den Schlafenden an. »He – Sie!« Der Mann fährt empor. »AmWrschek! Da sind wir, aussteigen!«
»Wird’s bald?« murmelt der Fahrer ungeduldig.
Jemand beginnt zu kichern.Es ist immer lächerlich, wenn ein Mensch aus dem Schlaf geweckt wird und nicht begreift, was man von ihm will. Auch dieser Mensch wirkt lächerlich, er stiert ein paar Sekunden ganz verloren vor sich hin, dann schnellt er empor, schnellt sich vorwärts; der Gang zwischen den Sitzen ist mit Gepäck verrammelt, der Mann stolpert, die Leute grinsen. Endlich ist er vorn, da ruft eine Frau: »Ihren Mantel, Sie haben ja Ihren Mantel vergessen.« – Ach ja. Der Mann kehrt um. Er muß zurück, den Mantel vom Haken nehmen und wieder nach vorne gehen.Der Fahrer läßt den Motor wütend aufbrüllen, der Wagen zittert und stampft, als wäre auch er ungeduldig über den torkelnden Fahrgast. Kaum ist der hinaus, ruckt der Wagen an. Die Tür wird von innen zugeschlagen.“


Gertrud Fussenegger (8 mei 1912 – 19 maart 2009)


De Amerikaanse schrijver en criticus Edmund Wilson werd geboren op 8 mei 1895 in Red Bank, New Jersey. Zie ook alle tags voor Edmund Wilson op dit blog.

Uit:The Sixties

“I set out to go to the memorial service for Louise Bogan at 3 at the National Institute [ of Arts and Letters ] ; but I stopped to see the doctor on the way and he told me I ought not to go, because I would give people my infection. So I went back to the club and went to bed. I was trying to read Conrad’s “Secret Agent” — very boring, full of the old-fashioned psychologizing of the Henry James era. Some of these novels of Conrad’s present a challenge to the reader to get through them. I had a similar experience with “Nostromo,” which I read part of in the hospital. [ Wilson had a heart attack in March. ] I was well enough on Saturday to go with [ the writer ] Penelope [ Gilliatt ] to Fellini’s “Satyricon” — long and elaborate, a rather unpleasant effect, a piling up of horrors and monstrosities. Naples, Fla., Winter 1972
At Wellfleet, before I left, I found myself surrounded by my books and other belongings, but was now alienated from them, couldn’t really connect with them. Uncomfortable. Talcottville, Spring 1972
T’ville, May 31-June 5. Rather a desolate stay: Mrs. Stabb, Mrs. Seelman nursing me.
Millers and Glyn Morris [ friends ] madly working for McGovern. Democrats up here in hiding, people in big places Republicans. Two movies: “Godfather” and “French Connection,” bang bang. Painful getting in and out of theaters. Ned Miller harangued me about diet as if he had had a religious conversion.”


Edmund Wilson (8 mei 1895 – 14 juni 1972)
Hier met zijn zoontje Reuel in 1949


De Franse schrijver Alain-René Lesage werd geboren op 8 mei 1668 in Sarzeau. Zie ook alle tags voor Alain-René Lesage op dit blog.

Uit: Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane

« A cette vue, qui me fit trembler pour le bien de l’Église, je m’arrêtais tout court ; je serrai promptement mes ducats, je tirai quelques réaux, et, m’approchant du chapeau disposé à recevoir la charité des fidèles effrayés, je les jetai dedans l’un après l’autre, pour montrer au soldat que j’en usais noblement. Il fut satisfait de ma générosité, et me donna autant de bénédictions que je donnai de coups de pied dans les flancs de ma mule, pour m’éloigner promptement de lui ; mais la maudite bête, trompant mon impatience, n’en alla pas plus vite. La longue habitude qu’elle avait de marcher pas à pas sous mon oncle lui avait fait perdre l’usage du galop.
Je ne tirai pas de cette aventure un augure trop favorable pour mon voyage. Je me représentai que je n’étais pas encore à Salamanque, et que je pourrais bien faire une plus mauvaise rencontre. Mon oncle me parut très imprudent de ne m’avoir pas mis entre les mains d’un muletier. C’était sans doute ce qu’il aurait dû faire ; mais il avait songé qu’en me donnant sa mule mon voyage me coûterait moins, et il avait plus pensé à cela qu’aux périls que je pouvais courir en chemin. Ainsi, pour réparer sa faute, je résolus, si j’avais le bonheur d’arriver à Peñaflor, d’y vendre ma mule, et de prendre la voie du muletier pour aller à Astorga, d’où je me rendrais à Salamanque par la même voiture. Quoique je ne fusse jamais sorti d’Oviédo, je n’ignorais pas le nom des villes par où je devais passer : je m’en étais fais instruire avant mon départ.
J’arrivai heureusement à Peñaflor : je m’arrêtai à la porte d’une hôtellerie d’assez bonne apparence. Je n’eus pas mis pied à terre, que l’hôte vint me recevoir fort civilement. Il détacha lui-même ma valise, la chargea sur ses épaules, et me conduisit à une chambre, pendant qu’un de ses valets menait ma mule à l’écurie. Cet hôte, le plus grand babillard des Asturies, et aussi prompt à conter sans nécessité ses propres affaires que curieux de savoir celles d’autrui, m’apprit qu’il se nommait André Corcuelo ; qu’il avait servi longtemps dans les armées du roi en qualité de sergent, et que, depuis quinze moins, il avait quitté le service pour épouser une fille de Castropol qui, bien que tant soit peu basanée, ne laissait pas de faire valoir le bouchon.”


Alain-René Lesage (8 mei 1668 – 17 november 1747)


De Deense schrijver Sophus Schandorph werd geboren op 8 mei 1836 in Ringstedt. Zie ook alle tags voor Sophus Schandorph op dit blog.

Uit: Stina Becomes a Farmer’s Wife (Vertaald door Sally Ryan)

“Why, that’s a darned shame,” said the farmer. But when Stina continued holding the bread toward him, he took it with an attempt to be polite–”Those are really very fine sandwiches.” He half rose in the seat and began to fumble in his coat-tail pocket. As his arms were short, he had some trouble in hauling out a black, hammered pint bottle. A blue checked cotton handkerchief came out with it
. “Shall we make the nightingale chirp?” he asked, chuckling inwardly without moving his lips. He produced a strident noise by rubbing the moist cork against the bottle, which he then offered to Stina. She gave him an indignant glance and rejected the proffered bottle by a gesture. The farmer laughed as before, and said, “Why–it ain’t brandy. It’s sweet punch extract.”
This information altered matters. Stina took a swallow from the bottle, and grunted something which was meant to be thanks. The man took a long pull, and exclaimed with voluptuous delight, “Ah–ah–that cools one off a sight in such a heat. It’s a tidy drink.”
Stina nodded and licked her lips. A much softer “Ah” than that of the man was evidence of the enjoyment which the sweet drink had given her.
They continued their ride over the white road, without the least change in the surroundings or the situation. A couple of times the farmer moved nearer to Stina, as if by way of experiment, but each time she squeezed farther into the opposite corner of the seat.
They came to a hill. Now the horses had to walk slowly. From the top of the hill a village could be seen, topped by the white church tower with tiled, white-washed step-gables. Here and there were some farms, separated from the road by dunghills and blackish brown pools of water.
“Whoa !” said Stina when they had reached a cottage with green window-frames and a wilted rose-bush growing along the wall.
“Oh, is that where it is?” said the farmer. “Whoa! Do you understand Danish, you red fox ?”
This latter remark was addressed to the near horse, which had not been willing to obey orders at once, but seemed impressed by this appeal to its nationality.
A little girl in a pink calico dress appeared in the door, which consisted of an upper and a lower part, both open.”


Sophus Schandorph (8 mei 1836 – 1 januari 1901)
Portret door P.S. Krøyer, 1895


De Franse schrijver, vertaler regisseur en diplomaat Romain Gary werd geboren op 8 mei 1914 in Vilnius, Litouwen. Zie ook alle tags voor Romain Gary op dit blog.

Uit: La vie devant soi

« L’entrée de l’immeuble menait à un deuxième immeuble, plus petit à l’intérieur et dès que j’y suis entré, j’ai entendu des coups de feu, des freins qui grinçaient, une femme qui hurlait et un homme qui suppliait « Ne me tuez pas ! Ne me tuez pas! » et j’ai même sauté en l’air tellement c’était trop près. Il y a eu tout de suite une rafale de mitraillette et l’homme a crié « Non! », comme toujours lorsqu’on meurt sans plaisir. Ensuite il y a eu un silence encore plus affreux et c’est là que vous n’allez pas me croire. Tout a recommencé comme avant, avec le même mec qui ne voulait pas être tué parce qu’il avait ses raisons et la mitraillette qui ne l’écoutait pas. Il a recommencé trois fois à mourir malgré lui comme si c’était un salaud comme c’est pas permis et qu’il fallait le faire mourir trois fois pour l’exemple. Il y eut un nouveau silence pendant lequel il est resté mort et puis ils se sont acharnés sur lui une quatrième fois et une cinquième et à la fin il me faisait même pitié parce qu’enfin tout de même. Après ils l’ont laissé tranquille et il y eut une voix de femme qui a dit « mon amour, mon pauvre amour », mais d’une voix tellement émue et avec ses sentiments les plus sincères que j’en suis resté comme deux ronds de flan et pourtant je ne sais même pas ce que ça veut dire. Il n’y avait personne dans l’entrée sauf moi et une porte avec une lampe rouge allumée. Je suis à peine revenu de l’émotion qu’ils ont recommencé tout le bordel avec « mon amour, mon amour » mais chaque fois sur un autre ton, et puis ils ont remis ça encore et encore. Le mec a dû mourir cinq ou six fois dans les bras de sa bonne femme tellement c’était pour lui le pied de sentir qu’il y avait là quelqu’un à qui ça faisait de la peine. »


Romain Gary (8 mei 1914 – 2 december 1980)


Zie voor nog meer schrijvers van de 8e mei ook mijn blog van 8 mei 2016 deel 3.

Roddy Doyle, Thomas Pynchon, Pat Barker, Gary Snyder, Gertrud Fussenegger, Edmund Wilson, Romain Gary, Alain-René Lesage, Sophus Schandorph

De Ierse schrijver Roddy Doyle werd geboren in Dublin op 8 mei 1958. Zie ook alle tags voor Roddy Doyle op dit blog.


“Gloria Kelly lay in bed. She was wide awake. She knew her brother, Raymond, was too. She could tell by the way he was breathing. It was awake breath. He was lying there, thinking and listening. Sleep breath was different. It was longer and lighter, less in and out.
‘Rayzer?’ she whispered,
Raymond didn’t answer. But she didn’t care.
She liked sharing the bedroom. Although she knew Raymond didn’t. She didn’t care about that either. She could like it in secret. She didn’t have to tell him.
She’d been moved into Raymond’s room when their Uncle Ben had come to live with them. For a while. That was what her mam and dad had said. Uncle Ben would be staying ‘for a while’. At first her mother had called it ‘a little while’. But the ‘little’ had disappeared when Uncle Ben kept staying, and Gloria began to think that her bedroom wasn’t hers any more. And Raymond, she supposed, began to think the same thing. His room had become their room.
She looked into her room sometimes, when her Uncle Ben wasn’t in there. He hadn’t done anything to it. He hadn’t touched her pictures or her other stuff. It was still pink, nearly everything in it. The only really new thing in the room was her Uncle Ben’s smell. It was kind of an adult smell. A mixture of soap and sweatiness. There were none of his clothes lying around, and just one book that wasn’t hers. She’d looked at the cover but it had looked boring, about a war or something. Except for the fact that she didn’t sleep or play in there any more, it was still Gloria’s room. So maybe her Uncle Ben really was only staying for a while – but the while was a bit longer than they’d expected.
He still wouldn’t answer.
She didn’t like her bed. It wasn’t a real bed. It was just a mattress on the floor. She’d liked it at first. It had been fun, nearly like camping. But not now. Her face was sometimes right against the wall, low down, at the skirting board, nearly where it joined the floor. It was cold there. Always – even when the rest of the room was warm. And she could hear things sometimes – she thought she could. Behind the skirting board.”

Roddy Doyle (Dublin, 8 mei 1958)

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De Ierse schrijver Roddy Doyle werd geboren in Dublin op 8 mei 1958. Zie ook alle tags voor Roddy Doyle op dit blog.

Uit:Two More Pints

“Wha’ d’yeh think of the poll?
He’s alrigh’. He pulls a reasonable pint.
I meant, the election poll.
Ah, fuck the-. Go on.
Michael D.’s leadin’.
Followed by Mitchell.
No. The Dragons’ Den fella.
Fuckin’ hell. How did tha’ happen?
Well, he’s scutterin’ on abou’ community an’ disability an’ tha’. But, really, he’s an 01’ Fianna Fail hack. Up to his entrepreneurial bollix in it. Annyway, my theory.
Go on
People still love Fianna Fail.
But they’d hammer them if they had a candidate.
Exactly. But they can vote for this prick without havin’ to admit it.
But I think Michael D. will get there.
How come?
He was goin’ on abou’ the President not bein’ a handmaiden to the government.
What’s a handmaiden?
I’m not sure. But if I was lookin’ for one in the Golden Pages, I wouldn’t be stoppin’ at the Michaels.
Annyway, he suddenly stops, an’ says he broke his kneecap when he fell durin’ a fact-findin’ mission in Colombia.
Wha’ does tha’ tell yeh?
He was ou’ of his head.
Exactly. Fact-findin’ mission me hole. He’s lettin’ us know – he’s one o’ the lads.
Well, that’s me decided.
Me too.”

Roddy Doyle (Dublin, 8 mei 1958)

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De Ierse schrijver Roddy Doyle werd geboren in Dublin op 8 mei 1958. Zie ook alle tags voor Roddy Doyle op dit blog.

Uit:Two More Pints

“– Have yeh made your mind up yet?
– A pint – same as always. I haven’t had to make me mind up since –
– I meant the election.
– Ah, shove it.
– Well, it’s either tha’ or the Greek default.
– Alrigh’ – fuck it. Who’s goin’ to
– Hard to say. They’re all shite.
– I seen Mary Davis’s Sex an’ the City posters.
– There yeh go. An’ Mitchell. He said you can see the house he grew up in – in Inchicore, like – from the window of the Áras. An’ he’s goin’ to look out at it every mornin’.
– An’ shout, Fuck you, Inchicore.
– He could get the queen to do it with him the next time she’s over.
– A bondin’ exercise.
– Exactly. She probably never gets the chance to say “fuck” at home.
– Talkin’ abou’ fuck an’ the queen. What’s McGuinness up to?
– Says he’ll only pay himself the average industrial wage.
– The fuckin’ eejit.
– I’m with yeh. He says he’ll employ six young people with the money left over.
– Cuttin’ the grass an’ washin’ diesel. What about the Senator?
– Ah Jaysis. It looks like Greece is goin’ to miss its deficit target an’ has fuck-all chance of avertin’ bankruptcy.“

Roddy Doyle (Dublin, 8 mei 1958)

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De Amerikaanse schrijver Thomas Pynchon werd op 8 mei 1937 geboren in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York. Zie ook alle tags voor Thomas Pynchon op dit blog.

Uit: Bleeding Edge

„It’s the first day of spring 2001, and Maxine Tarnow, though some still have her in their system as Loeffler, is walking her boys to school. Maybe they’re past the age where they need an escort, maybe Maxine doesn’t want to let go just yet. It’s only a couple blocks, it’s on her way to work, she enjoys it, so?
This morning, all up and down the streets, what looks like every Callery Pear tree on the Upper West Side has popped overnight into identical white clouds of pear blossoms. As Maxine watches, sunlight finds its way past rooflines and water tanks to the end of the block and into one particular tree, which all at once is filled with light.
“Mom?” Ziggy in the usual hurry. “Yo.”
“Guys, check it out, that tree?”
Otis takes a minute to look. “Awesome, Mom.”
“Doesn’t suck,” Zig agrees. The boys keep going, Maxine enjoys the tree half a minute more before catching up. At the corner by long-implanted reflex she drifts into a pick so as to stay between them and any driver whose idea of sport is to come around the corner and run you over.
Sunlight reflected from apartment windows has begun to show up in blurry patterns on the fronts of the buildings across the street. Two-part buses, new on the routes, creep the crosstown blocks like giant insects. Steel shutters are being rolled up, early trucks are double-parking, guys are out with hoses cleaning off their piece of sidewalk. Unhoused people sleep in doorways, scavengers with huge plastic sacks full of empty beer and soda cans head for the markets to cash them in, work crews wait in front of buildings for the super to show up. Runners are bouncing up and down at the curb waiting for the lights to change. Cops are in coffee shops dealing with bagel deficiencies. Kids, parents, and nannies wheeled and afoot are heading in all different directions for schools in the neighborhood. Half the kids seem to be on new Razor scooters, so to the list of things to keep alert for, add ambush by rolling aluminum.”

Thomas Pynchon (Glen Cove, 8 mei 1937)

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De Amerikaanse schrijver Thomas Pynchon werd op 8 mei 1937 geboren in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York. Zie ook alle tags voor Thomas Pynchon op dit blog.


Uit: Against the Day


July Fourth started hot and grew hotter, early light on the peaks descending, occupying, the few clouds bright and shapely and unpromising of rain, nitro beginning to ooze out of dynamite sticks well before the sun had cleared the ridge. Among stockmen and rodeo riders, today was known as “Cowboy’s Christmas,” but to Webb Traverse it was more like Dynamite’s National Holiday, though you found many of the Catholic faith liked to argue that that ought to be the Fourth of December, feast of St Barbara, patron saint of artillerymen, gunsmiths, and by not that big of a stretch, dynamiters too.

Everybody today, drovers and barkeeps, office clerks and hardcases, gentle elderly folks and openmouth reckless youth, would be seized sooner or later by the dynamitic mania prevailing. They would take little fractions of a stick, attach cap and fuse, light them up and throw them at each other, drop it in reservoirs and have all-day fish fries, blast picturesque patterns in the landscape that’d be all but gone next day, put it lit into empty beer barrels to be rolled down mountainsides, and take bets on how close to town before it all blew to bits – a perfect day all round for some of that good Propaganda of the Deed stuff, which would just blend right in with all the other percussion.

Webb staggered up out of his bedroll after one of those nights when he did not so much sleep as become intermittently conscious of time. Already warm-up blasts could be heard up and down the valley. Today’s would be a fairly routine job, and Webb was looking forward to a little saloon time at the end of it. Zarzuela was out by the fence waiting, having known Webb long enough to have an idea that whatever the day held in store, it would include explosion, which the colt was used to and even looked forward to.”



Thomas Pynchon (Glen Cove, 8 mei 1937)


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De Amerikaanse schrijver Thomas Pynchon werd op 8 mei 1937 geboren in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York. Zie ook alle tags voor Thomas Pynchon op dit blog.

Uit: The Crying of Lot 49

„It took her till the middle of Huntley and Brinkley to remember that last year at three or so one morning there had come this long-distance call, from where she would never know (unless now he’d left a diary) by a voice beginning in heavy Slavic tones as second secretary at the Transylvanian Consulate, looking for an escaped bat; modulated to comic-Negro, then on into hostile Pachuco dialect, full of chingas and maricones; then a Gestapo officer asking her in shrieks did she have relatives in Germany and finally his Lamont Cranston voice, the one he’d talked in all the way down to Mazatlan. “Pierce, please,” she’d managed to get in, “I thought we had — “

“But Margo,”earnestly, “I’ve just come from Commissioner Weston, and that old man in the fun house was murdered by the same blowgun that killed Professor Quackenbush,” or something.

“For God’s sake,” she said. Mucho had rolled over and was looking at her.

“Why don’t you hang up on him,” Mucho, suggested, sensibly.

“I heard that,” Pierce said. “I think it’s time Wendell Maas had a little visit from The Shadow.” Silence, positive and thorough, fell. So it was the last of his voices she ever heard. Lamont Cranston. That phone line could have pointed any direction, been any length. Its quiet ambiguity shifted over, in the months after the call, to what had been revived: memories of his face, body, things he’d given her, things she had now and then pretended not to’ve heard him say. It took him over, and to the verge of being forgotten. The shadow waited a year before visiting. But now there was Metzger’s letter. Had Pierce called last year then to tell her about this codicil? Or had he decided on it later, somehow because of her annoyance and Mucho’s indifference? She felt exposed, finessed, put down. She had never executed a will in her life, didn’t know where to begin, didn’t know how to tell the law firm in L. A. that she didn’t know where to begin.“

Thomas Pynchon (Glen Cove, 8 mei 1937)

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De Amerikaanse schrijver Thomas Pynchon werd op 8 mei 1937 geboren in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York.


Uit:Gegen den Tag (Vertaald door Dirk van Gunsteren Nikolaus Stingl)


“Vorspring und Achterleine loswerfen!»

«Frischauf jetzt … langsam und vorsichtig … sehr schön! Fertig machen zum Ablegen!»

«Windy City, wir kommen!»

«Hurra! Wir fliegen!»

Unter derlei lebhaften Ausrufen stieg das wasserstoffbetriebene Luftschiff Inconvenience, seine Gondel mit patriotischen Fähnchen geschmückt, an Bord eine fünfköpfige Besatzung – allesamt Mit-

glieder jenes berühmten, unter dem Namen Freunde der Fährnis bekannten aeronautischen Clubs –, zügig in den Morgen auf und wurde alsbald vom Südwind erfasst.

Nachdem das Schiff Reiseflughöhe erreicht hatte und alles, was an Erscheinungen auf dem Boden zurückgeblieben, auf beinahe mikroskopische Größe zusammengeschrumpft war, verkündete Randolph St. Cosmo, der Schiffskommandant: «Wegtreten von Manöverstation», und die Jungs, jeder in der schmucken, aus rotweiß gestreiftem Blazer und himmelblauer Hose bestehenden Sommeruniform, gehorchten munter.

Ihr Ziel an diesem Tag war die Stadt Chicago und die jüngst dort eröffnete Weltausstellung. Seit ihre Befehle eingegangen waren, hat-

te das «Gemunkel» unter den aufgeregten und neugierigen Mannschaften wenig anderes zum Gegenstand gehabt als die sagenhafte «Weiße Stadt», ihr gewaltiges Riesenrad, ihre alabasternen Tempel des Handels und der Industrie, ihre funkelnden Lagunen und die tausend anderen vergleichbaren Wunder wissenschaftlicher wie künstlerischer Art, die ihrer dort harrten.

«Junge, Junge!», rief Darby Suckling, während er sich über die Halteleinen beugte und zusah, wie sich der weite Bogen des amerikanischen Herzlandes tief unten in einem verschwimmenden Wirbel von Grün hinzog, sodass seine flachsblonden Locken im Wind an der Gondel entlangflogen wie ein leewärts flatterndes Banner.”



Thomas Pynchon (Glen Cove, 8 mei 1937)

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De Amerikaanse schrijver Thomas Pynchon werd op 8 mei 1937 geboren in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York.


Uit: V


Christmas Eve, 1955, Benny Profane, wearing black levis, suede jacket, sneakers and big cowboy hat, happened to pass through Norfolk, Virginia. Given to sentimental impulses, he thought he’d look in on the Sailor’s Grave, his old tin can’s tavern on East Main Street. He got there by way of the Arcade, at the East Main end of which sat an old street singer with a guitar and an empty Sterno can for donations. Out in the street a chief yeoman was trying to urinate in the gas tank of a ’54 Packard Patrician and five or six seamen apprentice were standing around giving encouragement. The old man was singing, in a fine, firm baritone:


Every night is Christmas Eve on old East Main,
Sailors and their sweethearts all agree.
Neon signs of red and green
Shine upon the friendly scene,
Welcoming you in from off the sea.
Santa’s bag is filled with all your dreams come true:
Nickel beers that sparkle like champagne,
Barmaids who all love to screw,
All of them reminding you
It’s Christmas Eve on old East Main.


“Yay chief,” yelled a seaman deuce. Profane rounded the corner. With its usual lack of warning, East Main was on him.

Since his discharge from the Navy Profane had been roadlaboring and when there wasn’t work just traveling, up and down the east coast like a yo-yo; and this had been going on for maybe a year and a half. After that long of more named pavements than he’d care to count, Profane had grown a little leery of streets, especially streets likethis. They had in fact all fused into a single abstracted Street, which come the full moon he would have nightmares about. East Main, a ghetto for Drunken Sailors nobody knew what to Do With, sprang on your nerves with all the abruptness of a normal night’s dream turning to nightmare. “



Thomas Pynchon (Glen Cove, 8 mei 1937)
Boekomslag “V”


De Ierse schrijver Roddy Doyle werd geboren in Dublin op 8 mei 1958.


Uit: A Star Called Henry


My mother looked up at the stars. There were plenty of them up there. She lifted her hand. It swayed as she chose one. Her finger pointed.
— There”s my little Henry up there. Look it.
I looked, her other little Henry sitting beside her on the step. I looked up and hated him. She held me but she looked up at her twinkling boy. Poor me beside her, pale and red-eyed, held together by rashes and sores. A stomach crying to be filled, bare feet aching like an old, old man”s. Me, a shocking substitute for the little Henry who”d been too good for this world, the Henry God had wanted for himself. Poor me.
And poor Mother. She sat on that step and other crumbling steps and watched her other babies joining Henry. Little Gracie, Lil, Victor, another little Victor. The ones I remember. There were others, and early others sent to Limbo; they came and went before t
hey could be named. God took them all. He needed them all up there to light the night. He left her plenty, though. The ugly ones, the noisy ones, the ones He didn”t want — the ones that would never stay fed.
Poor Mother. She wasn”t much more than twenty when she gazed up at little twinkling Henry but she was already old, already decomposing, ruined beyond repair, good for some more babies, then finished.
Poor Mammy. Her own mother was a leathery old witch, but was probably less than forty. She poked me, as if to prove that I was there.
— You”re big, she said.
She was accusing me, weighing me, planning to take some of me back. Always wrapped in her black shawl, she always smelt of rotten meat and herrings — it was a sweat on her. Always with a book under the shawl, the complete works of Shakespeare or something by Tolstoy. Nash was her name but I don”t know what she called herself before she married her dead husband.“



Roddy Doyle (Dublin, 8 mei 1958)


De Amerikaanse dichter Gary Snyder werd geboren op 8 mei 1930 in San Francisco.

How Poetry Comes to Me

It comes blundering over the
Boulders at night, it stays
Frightened outside the
Range of my campfire
I go to meet it at the
Edge of the light


For All

Ah to be alive
on a mid-September morn
fording a stream
barefoot, pants rolled up,
holding boots, pack on,
sunshine, ice in the shallows,
northern rockies.

Rustle and shimmer of icy creek waters
stones turn underfoot, small and hard as toes
cold nose dripping
singing inside
creek music, heart music,
smell of sun on gravel.

I pledge allegiance

I pledge allegiance to the soil
of Turtle Island,
and to the beings who thereon dwell
one ecosystem
in diversity
under the sun
With joyful interpenetration for all.



Gary Snyder (San Francisco, 8 mei 1930)


De Oostenrijkse schrijfster Gertrud Fussenegger werd geboren op 8 mei 1912 in Pilsen. Gertrud Fussenegger overleed op 19 maart van dit jaar op 96-jarige leeftijd.


Uit: Die Brüder von Lasawa


„Mit Zdenko sprach er, obwohl sie fast den ganzen Tag miteinander verbrachten, sehr wenig. Er hatte es in jener ersten Stunde, da er ihn beim Ballspiel getroffen, nicht über sich gebracht, dem Endlich-Gefundenen zu gestehen, wie lange er ihn gesucht, wie viele Wege er um seinetwillen gemacht hatte, ja, daß er nur seinetwegen, um den Bruder zu gewinnen, den Perwög-Namen ausgeschlagen, das Muttererbe fortgeworfen, die Heimat verlassen habe. Er gab auf Zdenkos Frage, wieso er hieher nach Wien gekommen sei, eine beiläufige Antwort, als hätte ihn Abenteuerei und Laune und vielleicht noch ein Auftrutzen gegen die großväterliche Herrschaft zu dieser Wanderung verführt. Auch hatte er nicht gesagt, daß er in Lasawa gewesen, und schließlich auch die Fahrt mit dem wahnsinnigen Mädchen verschwiegen. Zdenko drang auch nicht mit Fragen in ihn. Nur sein Blick ruhte oft, verstohlen forschend, auf dem jüngeren Bruder. Hie und da erkundigte er sich nach dem Handel, nach den Bräuchen der Landleute und Bürger in Tirol. Er war auf einer Fahrt einmal durch das Inntal gekommen, hatte sogar in Hall gerastet und daran gedacht, daß sein Vater hier eine zweite Frau genommen habe. “Und du bist nicht zu uns gekommen?” fragte Christof.“



Gertrud Fussenegger (8 mei 1912 – 19 maart 2009)


De Engelse schrijfster Pat Barker werd geboren in Thornaby-on-Tees op 8 mei 1943.


Uit: Another World


Cars queue bumper to bumper, edge forward, stop, edge forward again. Resting his bare arm along the open window, Nick drums his fingers. The Bigg Market on a Friday night. Litter of chip cartons, crushed lager cans, a gang of lads with stubble heads and tattooed arms looking for trouble — and this is early, it hasn’t got going yet. Two girls stroll past, one wearing a thin, almost transparent white cotton dress. At every stride her nipples show, dark circles beneath the cloth, fish rising. One of the lads calls her name: `Julie!’ She turns, and the two of them fall into each other’s arms.

    Nick watches, pretending not to.


What is love’s highest aim?
Four buttocks on a stem.


Can’t remember who said that — some poor sod made cynical by thwarted lust. Nothing wrong with the aim, as far as Nick can see — just doesn’t seem much hope of achieving it any more. And neither will these two, or not yet. The boy’s mates crowd round, grab him by the belt, haul him off her. `Jackie-no-balls
,’ the other girl jeers. The boy thrusts his pelvis forward, makes wanking movements with his fist.

    Lights still red. Oh, come on. He’s going to be late, and he doesn’t want to leave Miranda waiting at the station. This is the first visit to the new house. Fran wanted to put it off, but then Barbara went into hospital and that settled it. Miranda had to come, and probably for the whole summer. Well, he was pleased, anyway.



Pat Barker (Thornaby-on-Tees, op 8 mei 1943)


De Franse schrijver, vertaler regisseur en diplomaat Romain Gary werd geboren op 8 mei 1914 in Vilnius, Litouwen.

Uit: Romain Gary, le caméléon (Biografie door Myriam Anissimov)

„Une partie de la famille Owczynski était établie dans la capitale polonaise et y vivait plutôt bourgeoisement. Mina avait à Varsovie son frère, Abraham Borukh, celui qui s’appelait Boleslaw, et exerçait la profession d’avocat malgré le numerus clausus. Il avait fait ses études à la faculté de Varsovie, où les étudiants juifs se faisaient rosser par leurs condisciples chrétiens et étaient parqués sur des bancs réservés. C’est lui que Gary désigne sous le prénom de Boris, au dos de la photo datée de 1949 prise quelques mois avant sa mort.
Borukh-Abraham avait épousé à vingt-deux ans sa cousine Myriam (Maria) Owczynska, la fille de solomon Owczynski, agée de dix-sept ans, originaire de Sweciany. Les jeunes gens s’étaient unis sous la khoupa le 22 avril 1912 à Wilno devant le rabbin Rubinstein qui avait déjà marié Mina et Arieh-Leïb


L’avocat de Jean Seberg avait réussi à la convaincre qu’un procès aux Etats-Unis n’avait aucune chance d’aboutir car, selon le droit anglo-saxon, elle devait apporter la preuve au juge que la mort de sa fille avait été causée par deux lignes mensongères de l’article paru dans . Au contraire, en France, Me Cournot et le bâtonnier Paul Arrighi, les conseils de Gary et Seberg, pouvaient l’emporter en invoquant l’atteinte à la vie privée. Le 25 octobre, la XVIIe chambre correctionnelle, présidée par M. Bracquemond, rejeta leur demande d’affirmer que la mort de Nina était imputable à l’article de Newsweek, mais leur donna raison sur le second motif, ‘le viol de la vie privée’. Le magazine américain avait accusé Romain Gary de diffamation pour son article publié dans France-Soir. Il fut acquitté eu égard aux circonstances.“


Romain Gary (9 mei 1914 – 2 december 1980)



De Amerikaanse schrijver en criticus Edmund Wilson werd geboren op 8 mei 1895 in Red Bank, New Jersey.


Uit: Edmund Wilson: A Life in Literature (Biografie door Lewis M. Dabney)


On a brisk afternoon in September 1922, a conservatively dressed young man with red hair sat on the upper deck of a Fifth Avenue bus in Manhattan, engrossed in a manuscript. A friend at the literary magazine The Dial had put a long poem into his hands. The Dial was interested in publishing it, and the editors hoped that the young man—Edmund Wilson—would write an essay to elucidate the poem. By the time he reached Greenwich Village, Wilson had completed a first reading of T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. Decades later he would recall being “bowled over,” and his essay called the poem “simply one triumph after another.” This recognition of Eliot followed Wilson’s account, in The New Republic, of Joyce’s Ulysses as a masterpiece fusing naturalism and symbolism, re-creating the mind “straining always to perpetuate and perfect itself” and the body “always laboring and throbbing to throw up some beauty from its darkness.” He believed the general reader could absorb these works that challenged existing literary forms and commandeered in new ways the powers of language. Both Eliot and Joyce, he thought, occasionally tried one’s patience, but he was committed to making them more accessible.
Edmund Wilson was twenty-seven. He was fortunate to come on the scene as a critic when he did, but he had trained for this moment. At fifteen he had been sure of hisliterary vocation, and he absorbed all that liberal education had to offer both at the Hill School and at Princeton, where extraordinary teachers encouraged his curiosity and enthusiasm for books and about ideas. He emerged from his parents’ uncongenial marriage with emotional scars, but his confidence in his abilities was strong, and he was seasoned by a year as a hospital orderly in France during World War I. Though he hated the suffering he saw, he liked being on a footing of relative equality with Americans of diverse backgrounds, and returned to his country skeptical of institutions and of rank and social privilege. He joined Vanity Fair as an editorial assistant, immediately became its managing editor, and began publishing criticism there as well as in other magazines.“



Edmund Wilson (8 mei 1895 – 14 juni 1972)


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De Amerikaanse schrijver Peter Benchley werd geboren in New York City op 8 mei 1940.  Benchley studeerde in 1961 af aan de Harvard-universiteit, met als hoofdvak Engels. Hij is met name bekend geworden door zijn roman Jaws over een zeer gevaarlijke witte haai waar ook een eveneens bekende, gelijknamige speelfilm over is gemaakt. Later in zijn leven betreurde Benchley het dat hij witte haaien in zijn boeken als moorddadige beesten had afgeschilderd en zette hij zich in voor natuurbehoud.


Uit: Jaws


‘The boat was sinking. The stern was completely submerged, and the bow was rising.
The fish rolled off the stern and slid beneath the waves. The rope, attached to the dart Quint had stuck into the fish, followed.
Suddenly, Quint lost his footing and fell backward into the water. “The knife!” he cried, lifting his left leg above the surface, and Brody saw the rope coiled around Quint’s foot.
The fish came closer. It was only a few feet away, and Brody could see the conical snout. He screamed, an ejaculation of hopelessness, and closed his eyes, waiting for an agony he could not imagine.
Nothing happened. He opened his eyes. The fish was nearly touching him, only a foot or two away, but it had stopped. And then, as Brody watched, the steelgray body began to recede downward into the gloom. It seemed to fall away, an apparition evanescing into darkness.
Brody put his face into the water and opened his eyes. Through the stinging saltwater mist he saw the fish sink in a slow and peaceful spiral, trailing behind it the body of Quint – arms out to the sides, head thrown back, mouth open in a mute protest’



Peter Benchley (8 mei 1940  – 11 februari 2006)

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Thomas Pynchon, Roddy Doyle, Gertrud Fussenegger, Pat Barker, Gary Snyder, Romain Gary, Edmund Wilson, Sloan Wilson, Otto Zierer, J. Meade Falkner, Alain-René Lesage, Johann von Besser, Sophus Schandorph

De Amerikaanse schrijver Thomas Pynchon werd op 8 mei 1937 geboren in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York. Zie ook mijn blog van 8 mei 2007 en ook mijn blog van 8 mei 2008.

Uit: Inherent Vice

“She came along the alley and up the back steps the way she always used to. Doc hadn’t seen her for over a year. Nobody had. Back then it was always sandals, bottom half of a flower-print bikini, faded Country Joe and the Fish T-shirt. Tonight she was all in flatland gear, hair a lot shorter than he remembered, looking just like she swore she’d never look.

“That you, Shasta? The packaging fooled me there for a minute.”

“Need your help, Doc.”

They stood in the streetlight through the kitchen window there’d never been much point putting curtains over and listened to the thumping of the surf from down the hill. Some nights, when the wind was right, you could hear the surf all over town.

Nobody was saying much. What was this? “So! You know I have an office now? Just like a day job and everything?”

“I looked in the phone book, almost went over there. But then I thought, better for everybody if this looks like a secret rendezvous.”

OK, nothing romantic tonight. Bummer. But it might be a paying gig. “Somebody’s keeping a close eye?”

“Just spent an hour on surface streets trying to make it look good.”

“How about a beer?” He went to the fridge, pulled two cans out of the case he kept inside, handed one to Shasta.

“There’s this guy,” she was saying.

There would be. No point getting emotional. And if he had a nickel for every time he’d heard a client start off this way, he would be over in Hawaii now, loaded day and night, digging the waves at Waimea, or better yet hiring somebody to dig them for him. . . . “Gentleman of the straight-world persuasion,” he beamed.”



Thomas Pynchon (Glen Cove, 8 mei 1937)
Buttons van de cameraschuwe Pynchon


De Ierse schrijver Roddy Doyle werd geboren in Dublin op 8 mei 1958. Zie ook mijn blog van 8 mei 2007 en ook mijn blog van 8 mei 2008.

Uit: Paula Spencer

“She copes. A lot of the time. Most of the time. She copes. And sometimes she doesn’t. Cope. At all.
This is one of the bad days.
She could feel it coming. From the minute she woke up. One of those days. It hasn’t let her down.
She’ll be forty-eight in a few weeks. She doesn’t care about that. Not really.
It’s more than four months since she had a drink. Four months and five days. One of those months was February. That’s why she started measuring the time in months. She could jump three days. But it’s a leap year; she had to give one back. Four months, five days. A third of a year. Half a pregnancy, nearly.
A long time.
The drink is only one thing.
She’s on her way home from work. She’s walking from the station. There’s no energy in her. Nothing in her legs. Just pain. Ache. The thing the drink gets down to.
But the drink is only part of it. She’s coped well with the drink. She wants a drink. She doesn’t want a drink. She doesn’t want a drink. She fights it. She wins. She’s proud of that. She’s pleased. She’ll keep going. She knows she will.
But sometimes she wakes up, knowing the one thing. She’s alone.
She still has Jack. Paula wakes him every morning. He’s a great sleeper. It’s a long time now since he was up before her. She’s proud of that too. She sits on his bed. She ruffles his hair. Ruffles — that’s the word. A head made for ruffling. Jack will break hearts.
And she still has Leanne. Mad Leanne. Mad, funny. Mad, good. Mad, brainy. Mad, lovely — and frightening.
They’re not small any more, not kids. Leanne is twenty-two. Jack is nearly sixteen. Leanne has boyfriends. Paula hasn’t met any of them. Jack, she doesn’t know about. He tells her nothing. He’s been taller than her since he was twelve. She checks his clothes for girl-smells but all she can smell is Jack.”


Roddy Doyle (Dublin, 8 mei 1958)


De Oostenrijkse schrijfster Gertrud Fussenegger werd geboren op 8 mei 1912 in Pilsen. Gertrud Fussenegger overleed op 19 maart van dit jaar op 96-jarige leeftijd. Zie ook mijn blog van 8 mei 2007 en ook mijn blog van 8 mei 2008.

Uit: Goethe und wir Katholiken

Katholiken haben es mit Goethe nie ganz leicht gehabt. Nicht, das wir etwa seine Größe bestritten hatten; aber die meisten von uns – vor allem der älteren Generation – verhielten sich gegen ihn wie die Katze zum heißen Brei: mit Vorsicht und Vorbehalten. Er galt uns als Heide, Pantheist, gar Atheist – und als unerlaubt leidenschaftlicher, allzu leicht entflammbarer und flatterhafter Liebhaber desweiblichen Geschlechts. Der jüngeren Generation wurde er überdies als Konservativer, als Fiirstenknecht und verstaubter Klassiker madig gemacht.Das Jubeljahr 1999 fordert auch uns Katholiken zu einer Art Revision auf. Zweifellos: Goethes Äußerungen über unsere Kirche waren oft nicht sehr schmeichelhaft, und sein getrübtes Verhältnis zur Romantik erschwerte von Anfang an seine Rezeption durch jene, die die Religion auch in und von der Dichtung bestätigt sehen wollten. Um so lieber nahmen sich die Kirchenfernen seiner an. In unzähligen Anthologien und selektiven Ausgaben wurde, was er je an Religionskritischem von sich gegeben, gründlichst zitiert und immer wieder hervorgehoben. So hat man ihn weithin als unerbittlichen Freigeist suggeriert und sein Bild verkürzt und verzerrt.

Nun gewiß: In den Frankfurter Bürgersohn war schon beizeiten das alte Mißtrauen gesät worden, das noch aus den Religionskriegen stammte und das er selbst später die ,,Protestantische Erbsünde” nannte: der Argwohn gegen die Kirche als Macht, der Argwohn auch gegen ihre Duldung des Menschlichen, gegen ihre nicht immer leicht durchschaubaren Formen.“



Gertrud Fussenegger (8 mei 1912 – 19 maart 2009)


De Engelse schrijfster Pat Barker werd geboren in Thornaby-on-Tees op 8 mei 1943. Zie ook mijn blog van 8 mei 2007 en ook mijn blog van 8 mei 2008.

Uit: Regeneration

“He woke to find Orme standing immediately inside the door. He wasn’t surprised, he assumed Orme had come to rouse him for his watch. What did surprise him, a little, was that he seemed to be in bed. Orme was wearing that very pale coat of his. Once, in ‘C’ company mess, the CO had said, ‘Correct me if I’m wrong, Orme, but I have always assumed that the colour of the British Army uniform is khaki. Not…beige.’ ‘Beige’ was said in such Lady Bracknellish* tones that Sassoon had wanted to laugh. He wanted to laugh now, but his chest muscles didn’t seem to work. After a while he remembered that Orme was dead.”


“Your watch is brought back by a runner, having been synchronized at headquarters.” A long pause. “You wait, you try to calm down anybody who’s obviously shitting himself or on the verge of throwing up. You hope you won’t do either of those things yourself. Then you start the count down : ten, nine, eight… so on. You blow the whistle. You climb the ladder. Then you double through a gap in the wire, lie flat, wait for somebody else to get out – and then you stand up. And you start walking. Not at the double. Normal walking speed.” Prior started to smile. “In a straight line. Across open country. In broad daylight. Towards a line of machine-guns.”


Pat Barker (Thornaby-on-Tees, op 8 mei 1943)


De Amerikaanse dichter Gary Snyder werd geboren op 8 mei 1930 in San Francisco. Zie ook mijn blog van 8 mei 2007 en ook mijn blog van 8 mei 2008.

Mid-August at Sourdough Mountain Lookout


Down valley a smoke haze

Three days heat, after five days rain

Pitch glows on the fir-cones

Across rocks and meadows

Swarms of new flies.


I cannot remember things I once read

A few friends, but they are in cities.

Drinking cold snow-water from a tin cup

Looking down for miles

Through high still air.






Those are the peopl
e who do complicated things.


     they’ll grab us by the thousands

     and put us to work.


World’s going to hell, with all these

     villages and trails.

Wild duck flocks aren’t

     what they used to be.

Aurochs grow rare.


Fetch me my feathers and amber




A small cricket

on the typescript page of

“Kyoto born in spring song”

grooms himself

in time with The Well-Tempered Clavier.

I quit typing and watch him through a glass.

How well articulated! How neat!


Nobody understands the ANIMAL KINGDOM.




When creeks are full

The poems flow

When creeks are down

We heap stones.



Gary Snyder (San Francisco, 8 mei 1930)


De Franse schrijver, vertaler regisseur en diplomaat Romain Gary werd geboren op 8 mei 1914 in Vilnius, Litouwen. Zie ook mijn blog van 8 mei 2007 en ook mijn blog van 8 mei 2008.


Uit: Pour Sganarelle


J’arrive ainsi à trois conceptions du roman que je voudrais tenter de combiner dans un roman total: un, le roman où l’imagination picaresque s’exerce vers l’aventure intérieure, vers les péripéties intérieures du psychisme, où le romancier imagine l’introspection : deux, le roman où l’imagination est plus libérée vers l’extérieur, dans les rapports de l’histoire de l’individu avec l’Histoire, dans un infini de formes et de péripéties, de personnages et d’identités; trois, le roman de la littérature, où le langage est exploré par l’imagination comme un monde en soi, ce qui aboutit aujourd’hui – l’étape flaubertienne du mot “juste” et de la perfection de la phrase rationelle étant dépassée – à l’étape du roman post-mallarméen où le sens est entièrement porté par le blanc, par ce qui n’est pas exprimé, et où ne règne qu’une sorte d’écho de la dernière syllabe du Mot-clé, qui retentit dans ce qui n’est pas dit dans la phrase comme une musique de l’inexprimable.”



Romain Gary (9 mei 1914 – 2 december 1980)


De Amerikaanse schrijver en criticus Edmund Wilson werd geboren op 8 mei 1895 in Red Bank, New Jersey. Zie ook mijn blog van 8 mei 2007 en ook mijn blog van 8 mei 2008.

Uit: The Sixties: The Last Journal, 1960-1972

As a character in one of Chekhov’s plays says he’s “a man of the 80’s,” so I find that I am a man of the 20’s. I still expect something exciting: drinks, animated conversation, gaiety: an uninhibited exchange of ideas. Scott Fitzgerald’s idea that somewhere things were “glimmering.” I am managing to discipline myself now so that I shan’t be silly in this way. New York, Winter 1962


Had dinner with Wystan Auden before Elena [ Wilson’s wife ] arrived. He was pleased at having what he described as an honor on the part of the Establishment. He has been made an honorary fellow (I think that is the phrase) of Christ Church [ College, Oxford ] . I gather that he can retire and live there for nothing. He thinks that “Down There on a Visit” is Isherwood’s best book — I was just in the middle of reading it. He says the disintegrating homo on his horrible island in Greece was a real person whom he knew and the only person he knew who would drink the spirits out of lamps when there was nothing else to be had. He thought that “Paul” was the best of the stories. I agreed with him when I came to read it; but the whole book is rather disgusting. I am getting sick of this subject. The attitude in these books toward homosexuality involves of course a revolt against society. See the diatribe of the man on the island about putting the heterosexuals in ghettos. Paul is made by Isherwood into a hero. But Genet is the best of these writers. He is the most in revolt, the most genuinely an outlaw. Cambridge, Spring 1962“



Edmund Wilson (8 mei 1895 – 14 juni 1972)


De Amerikaanse schrijver Sloan Wilson werd geboren op 8 mei 1920 in Norwalk, Connecticut. Zie ook mijn blog van 8 mei 2007.


Uit: The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

” By the time they had lived seven years in the little house on Greentree Avenue in Westport, Connecticut, they both detested it. There were many reasons, none of them logical, but all of them compelling. For one thing, the house had a kind o fevil genius for displaying proof of their weaknesses and wiping out all traces of their strengths. The ragged lawn and weed-filled garden proclaimed topassers-by and the neighbors that Thomas R. Rathand his family disliked “working around the place” and couldn’t afford to pay someone else to do it. The interior of the house was even more vengeful. In the living room there was a big dent in the plaster near the floor, with a huge crack curving up from it in the shape of a question mark. That wall was damaged in the fall of 1952,when, after struggling for months to pay up the back bills, Tom came home one night to find that Betsy had bought a cut-glass vase for forty dollars. Such an extravagant gesture was utterly unlike her, at least since the war. Betsy was a conscientious household manager, and usually when she did something Tom didn’t like, they talked the matter over with careful reasonableness. But on that particular night, Tom was tired and worried because he himself had just spent seventy dollars on a new suit he felt he needed to dress properly for his business, and at the climax of a heated argument, he picked up the vase and heaved it against the wall. The heavy glass shat
tered, the plaster cracked, and two of the laths behind it broke. The next morning, Tom and Betsy worked together on their knees to patch the plaster, and they repainted the wholes-wall, but when thepaint dried, the big dent near the floor with the crack curving up from it almost to the ceiling in theThe crack remained as a perpetual reminder of Betsy’s moment of extravagance, Tom’s moment of violence, and their inability either to fix walls properly or to pay to have them fixed. shape of a question mark was still clearly visible. The fact that the crack was in the shape of a questionmark did not seem symbolic to Tom and Betsy, noreven amusing—it was just annoying.”



Sloan Wilson (8 mei 1920 – 25 mei 2003)



De Duitse schrijver Otto Zierer werd geboren op 8 mei 1909 in Bamberg. Hij schreef meer dan honderd boeken, waaronder enige romans en een beschrijving van zijn oorlogservaringen in Rot schien die Sonne. Zijn voorkeur ging echter uit naar de geschiedenis van de mensheid vanaf de vroegste tijd die hij voor een breed publiek toegankelijk maakte.

Uit: München – Eine Stadt und ihre Geschichten aus 850 Jahren

»Leut«, sagt Max Joseph, »aufs Geld kommt’s nicht an! Wer mir die Frau und den Buben herausholt, der erhält eine schöne Belohnung!« Persönlich steigt der hohe Herr in das Gewirr der übereinanderliegenden Dachsparren und schief hängenden Zimmerdecken, die Zimmerleute, Maurer und andere Nachbarn folgen ihm, beginnen die Böden abzuklopfen und in die Tiefe zu horchen.

Der Palier Fruhholz sägt aus einem Boden ein Brett heraus und legt sich vor die so geschaffene Öffnung. »Da unt is oana!«, verkündet er. »I glaab, dass ’s der Lehrbua is!« Und tatsächlich erscheint nach einiger Zeit ein dünner Knabenarm in dem Loch. Es sieht fast so aus, als winke einer aus dem Grabe. »Ja, der Bua lebt no!«, freut sich der Spiegelmacher. »Joseph Fraunhofer hoaßt er, vierzehn Jahr is er alt und stammt aus Straubing. « Nun bemühen sich die Arbeiter um die Befreiung des Knaben. Der Kurfürst steht mitten unter ihnen und lässt sich nicht durch die besorgten Reden seiner Hofherren abhalten, selbst Hand anzulegen. Nach ein paar Stunden eifriger Bemühung wird Joseph Fraunhofer unverletzt aus der Höhle gezogen, die ihn bewahrt hat. Zu seinem Glück hatten sich einige Balken quer über seinen Kopf gelegt und so das nachstürzende Ziegelwerk abgehalten. Die Frau des Spiegelmachers freilich wird später als Leiche geborgen.

Kurfürst Max Joseph lässt den geretteten Buben in die Residenz kommen, nimmt ihn in der Kutsche mit nach Nymphenburg hinaus und stellt ihn seiner Familie vor.



Otto Zierer (8 mei 1909 – 5 maart 1983)
Slot Nymphenburg, München (Geen portret beschikbaar)



De Engelse dichter en schrijver John Meade Falkner werd geboren op 8 mei 1858 in Manningford Bruce, Wiltshire en groeide op in Dorchester en Weymouth. Hij studeerde rechten in Oxford en werd een geslaagd zakenman in de wapenindustrie, maar bleef daarnaast evenveel interesse houden voor literatuur, architectuur en heraldiek. Zijn bekendste boek is de roman Moonfleet uit 1898.


Uit: Moonfleet


My name is John Trenchard, and I was fifteen years of age when this story begins. My father and mother had both been dead for years, and I boarded with my aunt, Miss Arnold, who was kind to me in her own fashion, but too strict and precise ever to make me love her.

I shall first speak of one evening in the fall of the year 1757. It must have been late in October, though I have forgotten the exact date, and I sat in the little front parlour reading after tea. My aunt had few books; a Bible, a Common Prayer, and some volumes of sermons are all that I can recollect now; but the Reverend Mr Glennie, who taught us village children, had lent me a story-hook, full of interest and adventure, called the Arabian Nights Entertainment. At last the light began to fail, and I was nothing loth to leave off reading for several reasons; as, first the parlour was a chilly room with horse-hair chairs and sofa, and only a coloured-paper screen in the grate, for my aunt did not allow a fire till the first of November; second, there was a rank smell of molten tallow in the house, for my aunt was dipping winter candles on frames in the back kitchen; third, I had reached a part in the Arabian Nights which tightened my breath and made me wish to leave off reading for very anxiousness of expectation. It was that point in the story of the “Wonderful Lamp”, where the false uncle lets fall a stone that seals the mouth of the underground chamber; and immures the boy, Aladdin, in the darkness, because he would not give up the lamp till he stood safe on the surface again. This scene reminded me of one of those dreadful nightmares, where we dream we are shut in a line room, the walls of which are closing in upon us, and so impressed me that the memory of it served as a warning in an adventure that befell me later on.“



J. Meade Falkner (8 mei 1858 – 22 juli 1932)


De Franse schrijver Alain-René Lesage werd geboren op 8 mei 1668 in Sarzeau. Hij geldt als de eerste schrijver in de Franse literatuur die van zijn pen kon leven. Hij studeerde rechten in Parijs. Zijn schrijvers loopbaan begon moeizaam met vertalingen van Spaanse stukken. In 1707 kwam de doorbraak met de komedie Crispin, rival de son maître.

Uit: Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane

„Nous passâmes auprès de Pontferrada, et nous allâmes nous mettre en embuscade dans un petit bois qui bordait le grand chemin de Léon. Là, nous attendions que la fortune nous offrît quelque bon coup à faire, quand nous aperçûmes un religieux de l’ordre de Saint-Dominique, monté, contre l’ordinaire de ces bons pères, sur une mauvaise mule. Dieu soit loué, s’écria le capitaine en riant, voici le chef-d’œuvre de Gil Blas. Il faut qu’il aille détrousser ce moine. Voyons comment il s’y prendra. Tous les voleurs jugèrent qu’effectivement cette commission me convenait, et ils m’exhortèrent à m’en bien acquitter. Messieurs, leur dis-je, vous serez contents. Je vais mettre ce père nu comme la main, et vous amener ici sa mule. Non, non, dit Rolando, elle n’en vaut pas la peine. Apporte-nous seulement la bourse de Sa Révérence. C’est tout ce que nous exigeons de toi. Là-dessus je sortis du bois, et poussai vers le religieux, en priant le ciel de me pardonner l’action que j’allais faire. J’aurais bien voulu m’échapper dès ce moment-là. Mais la plupart des voleurs étaient encore mieux montés que moi : s’ils m’eussent vu fuir, ils se seraient mis à mes trousses, et m’auraient bientôt rattrapé, ou peut-être auraient-ils fait sur moi une décharge de leurs carabines, dont je me serais fort mal trouvé. Je n’osai donc hasarder une démarche si délicate. Je joignis le père, et lui demandai la bourse, en lui présentant le bout d’un pistolet. Il s’arrêta tout court pour me considérer ; et, sans paraître fort effrayé : Mon enfant, me dit-il, vous êtes bien jeune.“



Alain-René Lesage (8 mei 1668 – 17 november 1747)


De Duitse dichter Johann von Besser werd geboren op 8 mei 1654 in Frauenburg (tegenwoordig Saldus in Letland). Hij studeerde theologie in Königsberg en rechten in Leipzig. Koning Frederik I van Pruisen benoemde hem in 1690 tot hofdichter. In 1717 werd hij geheim raadsheer en ceremoniemeester aan het hof van August de Sterke in Dresden.



Liebe will was eignes haben



Wer liebet solchen mund

Dem alle küsse schmecken

Und jederman mag lecken

Und machen ungescheut die heisse flammen kund

Der heut mit diesem scherzet

Und morgen jenen herzet

Ja der mit tausenden macht einen liebes-bund?

Wer liebet solchen mund?




Da sitzt die biene nicht

Wo wilde hummeln sitzen:

Sie sucht die süssen ritzen

Da noch das wespen-heer nicht honig draus gekriegt.

Auch wo vergiffte spinnen

Den geiffer lassen rinnen

Und wo die raupe schon ihr nest hat eingericht

Da sitzt die biene nicht.



Johann von Besser (8 mei 1654 – 10 februari 1729)


Zie voor onderstaande schrijvers ook mijn blog van 8 mei 2007.

De Deense schrijver Sophus Schandorph werd geboren op 8 mei 1836 in Ringstedt.