Literary Birthday - 31 January - Patrick Gale

Happy Birthday, Patrick Gale, born 31 January 1962

Five Quotes

  1. I’m under no illusions that the short story is an easy form simply because of its brevity. The few that succeed somehow pack the wallop of a novel into a tiny space.
  2. It’s very depressing to hear people say that they read to relax and to fall asleep; what writers want to hear is that reading makes readers so keyed up that they can’t possibly sleep until they’ve read another chapter!
  3. I worry sometimes that we’re apt to confuse forgiveness with forgetfulness. The potency of forgiveness comes precisely from the fact that it must be done while being goaded by an unhappy memory.
  4. Like all their peers they went about things in the reverse order to the practice of their parents generation. They had sex, realised they got on really well then fell in love.
  5. Try stepping right outside your comfort zone just for once, maybe reading a detective or a science fiction book if that’s something you normally avoid or a novel which seems to be aimed at the opposite sex. Reading is like any exercise in that its muscles get flabby unless they’re challenged occasionally.

Gale is an English author. His novels include Rough MusicNotes from an Exhibition, and A Perfectly Good Man.

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Literary Birthday - 30 January - John Dufresne

Happy Birthday, John Dufresne, born 30 January 1948

Seven Quotes

  1. A lack of narrative structure, as you know, will cause anxiety.
  2. Reading honest literature makes you love the world. Knowledge and understanding are love. Reading educates our feelings and enhances our sympathy. When you read for understanding, you are fundamentally changed. You are a different person at the end of the story or the novel than you were when it began.
  3. Life was one thing after another, a brief insanity, a series of inexplicable transitions that seemed at the time sensible, but at second sight ridiculous, a succession of unconnected incidents, accidental relationships.
  4. You lose a wallet or keys or something and you notice in a second, but your life can go missing and you don’t even know it.
  5. Memory is a rascal.
  6. We read novels because we need stories; we crave them; we can’t live without telling them and hearing them. Stories are how we make sense of our lives and of the world. When we’re distressed and go to therapy, our therapist’s job is to help us tell our story. Life doesn’t come with plots; it’s messy and chaotic; life is one damn, inexplicable thing after another. And we can’t have that. We insist on meaning. And so we tell stories so that our lives make sense.
  7. The purpose of the first draft is not to get it right, but to get it written.

Dufresne is an American author of French Canadian descent. He is a professor in the Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing program of the English Department at Florida International University. He won a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for his work in 2012.

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Literary Birthday - 29 January - Romain Rolland

Happy Birthday, Romain Rolland, born 29 January 1866, died 30 December 1944

10 Quotes

  1. No one ever reads a book. He reads himself through books.
  2. Discussion is impossible with someone who claims not to seek the truth, but already to possess it.
  3. You want to be a hero. That is why you do such silly things.
  4. Every man who is truly a man must learn to be alone in the midst of all others, and if need be against all others.
  5. A hero is a man who does what he can.
  6. The greatest book is not the one whose message engraves itself on the brain, as a telegraphic message engraves itself on the ticker-tape, but the one whose vital impact opens up other viewpoints, and from writer to reader spreads the fire that is fed by the various essences, until it becomes a vast conflagration leaping from forest to forest.
  7. To understand everything is to hate nothing.
  8. One makes mistakes; that is life. But it is never a mistake to have loved.
  9. Every man, every art, has its hypocrisy. The world is fed with little and many lies.
  10. There are some dead who are more alive than the living.

Rolland was a French dramatist, novelist, essayist, art historian and mystic who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1915.

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