Friday, February 3, 2012

RUSSELL HOBAN'S BIRTHDAY--The Quotation Tradition

February 4 is Russell Hoban's birthday.

Although he passed away recently, his global fan club, The Kraken, will continue its years-old tradition of posting quotations from his scores of books hither and yon in places like libraries, trolley stations, universities, parks, wherever someone might pick up some Hoban writing and be as entranced as those of us in The Kraken.

Russ wrote his drafts on A4 yellow paper, and we scatter his words on yellow paper as well.

So, if you come across a sheet of yellow printed with some beautiful language, take a look. It might be quotations from Riddley Walker, The Mouse and His Child, The Medusa Frequency, How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen, or Bread and Jam for Frances.

Much information about Hoban can be found at The Head of Orpheus web site.

We miss Russ very much-- glad we still have the words and stacks of yellow paper....


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