Literary Birthday - 28 September - Rosario Ferré

Rosario Ferré was born 28 September 1938 and died 18 February 2016

Seven Quotes

  1. Every country that aspires to become a nation needs its heroes, its eminent civic and moral leaders, and if it doesn't have them, it's our duty to invent them.
  2. Throughout time, women narrators have written for many reasons:  Emily Bronté wrote to confirm the revolutionary nature of passion; Virginia Woolf wrote to exorcise her terror of madness and death; Joan Didion writes to discover what and how she thinks; Clarisse Lispector discovered in her writing a reason to love and be loved.  In my case, writing is simultaneously a constructive and a destructive urge, a possibility for growth and change.
  3. A story is like building a chapel; a novel is a cathedral ..
  4. Meagre in land but great in heart, generous port, gap, breach, porthole, trapdoor of impossible hopes, ubiquitous as an air mail stamp, ghostly as the snapshot crumpled in a migrant’s pocket when he boards the jet that will take him to the lettuce fields in California, Puerto Rico is the oxymoron of Costa Rica, dollar-licked by North America and language locked with South America, but above and beyond all else: pier, beachhead, anchorage of dreams. The myth of paradise confounds but consoles us. Puerto Ricans are never sure the island exists, precisely because we’re always about to leave it. Our ports defy us, turns us into a population of traveling snails, roaming the world with our home on our back.
  5. Sometimes it's necessary to believe in love, even if it doesn't exist ...
  6. I think that magic has to do with the subconscious, much as the ancient sorcerers believed. The identification of man with his material surroundings and his active participation in that world are detailed in books of Carlos Castañeda, for example, as well as, on a different level, with the books of sociologists like Lévy-Bruhl and Ernst Cassirer, or Lévi-Strauss. The magical identification has a lot to do with literature, this alternate way of viewing the world.
  7. Death is a woman, and for that reason she's courageous and just, and never makes distinctions between mortals; she'll crush the ignorant, the arrogant, and the wise alike under her icy foot.

Ferré is a Puerto Rican writer, poet, and essayist. She received the ‘Liberatur Prix’ award from the Frankfurt Book Fair for Kristallzucker, the German translation of Maldito Amor.

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Literary Birthday - 28 September - Simon Leys

Happy Birthday, Simon Leys, born 28 September 1935

Three Quotes

  1. The virtue and power of the Chinese literary language culminates in its classical poetry. Chinese classical poetry seems to me the purest, the most perfect and complete form of poetry one could conceive of. Better that any other poetry, it fits Auden’s definition: ‘memorable speech’: and indeed, it carves itself effortlessly into your memory. Furthermore, like painting, it splendidly occupies a visual space in its calligraphic incarnations. It inhabits your mind, it accompanies your life, it sustains and illuminates your daily experiences.
  2. Sidney Hook said that the first moral obligation of an intellectual is to be intelligent. Yet communicating with the public is a special talent; very learned scholars do not necessarily possess it.
  3. Language fluency is the key which will open all doors for you—practically and spiritually.

Leys is the pen name of Pierre Ryckmans, a Belgian writer, sinologist, essayist and literary critic. His books on the Chinese Cultural Revolution, based on his first hand observation, describe the cultural and political destruction. He is also a translator of Chinese literature, such as the Analects of Confucius, and The Treatise on Painting by Shi Tao. He writes in French and English.

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Literary Birthday - 28 September - Simon Winchester

Happy Birthday, Simon Winchester, born 28 September 1944

Five Simon Winchester Quotes On Writing

  1. The best spur for me is a commission and a deadline.
  2. Any grand new dictionary ought itself to be a democratic product, a book that demonstrated the primacy of individual freedoms, of the notion that one could use words freely, as one liked, without hard and fast rules of lexical conduct.
  3. As a writer, you are going to confronted with a bewildering world of fascinations—so never become jaded or world-weary, and always think of your calling as a privilege. You’ll never get rich: but you’ll have a fulfilled and valuable life, doing something that is eminently worthwhile.
  4. This may sound silly, but I attach a little counter to the corner of my computer so I know I have to produce, say, 100,000 words by December. If I’m ahead one day, I take a break; if I’m behind, I keep working.
  5. The best way of telling a story is telling it out loud.

Winchester is a British-American author and journalist who lives mostly in the United States. Through his career at The Guardian, Winchester covered numerous significant events including Bloody Sunday and the Watergate Scandal

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