Leonard Cohen, Stephen King, Frédéric Beigbeder, Xavier Roelens, Fannie Flag, H.G. Wells, Johann Peter Eckermann


De Canadese dichter, folk singer-songwriter en schrijver Leonard Cohen werd geboren op 21 september 1934 te Montréal. Zie ook mijn blog van 21 september 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Leonard Cohen op dit blog.

Uit: The favorite game

“He began his tour through the heart streets of Montreal. The streets were changing. The Victorian gingerbread was going down everywhere, and on every second corner was the half-covered skeleton of a new, flat office building. The city seemed fierce to go modern, as though it had suddenly been converted to some new theory of hygiene and had learned with horror that it was impossible to scarpe the dirt out of gargoyle crevices and carved grapevines, and therefore was determined to cauterize the whole landscape.
But they were beautiful. They were the only beauty, the last magic. Breavman knew what he knew, that their bodies never died. Everything else was fiction. It was the beauty they carried. He remembered them all, there was nothing lost. To serve them. His mind sang praise as he climbed a street to the mountain.
For the body of Heather, which slept and slept.
For the body of Bertha, which fell with apples and a flute.
For the body of Lisa, early and late, which smelled of speed and forests.
For the body of Tamara, whose thighs made him a fetishist of thighs.
For the body of Norma, goosefleshed, wet.
For the body of Patricia, which he had still to tame.

The jukebox wailed. He believed he understood the longing of the cheap tunes better than anyone there. The Wurlitzer was a great beast, blinking in pain. It was everybody’s neon wound. A suffering ventriloquist. It was the kind of pet people wanted. An eternal bear for baiting, with electric blood. Breavman had a quarter to spare. It was fat, it loved its chains, it gobbled and was ready to fester all night.
Breavman thought he’d just sit back and sip his Orange Crush. A memory hit him urgently and he asked a waitress for her pencil. On a napkin he scribbled:
Jesus! I just remembered what Lisa’s favorite game was. After a heavy snow we would go into a back yard with a few of our friends. The expanse of snow would be white and unbroken. Bertha was the spinner. You held her hands while she turned on her heels, you circled her until your feet left the ground. Then she let go and you flew over the snow. You remained still in whatever position you landed. When everyone had been flung in this fashion into the fresh snow, the beautiful part of the game began. You stood up carefully, taking great pains not to disturb the impression you had made. Now the comparisons. Of course you would have done your best to land in some crazy position, arms and legs sticking out. Then we walked away, leaving a lovely white field of blossom-like shapes with footprint stems.”


Leonard Cohen (Montréal, 21 september 1934)
In 1988


De Amerikaanse schrijver Stephen Edwin King werd geboren in Portland, Maine, op 21 september 1947. Zie ook mijn blog van 21 september 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Stephen King op dit blog.

Uit: End of Watch 

“Bill Hodges isn’t the only one who took an instant dislike to Becky Helmington’s replacement. The nurses and orderlies who work in the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic call it the Bucket, as in Brain Bucket, and before long Ruth Scapelli has become known as Nurse Ratched. By the end of her third month, she has gotten three nurses transferred for various small infractions, and one orderly fired for smoking in a supply closet. She has banned certain colorful uniforms as “too distracting” or “too suggestive.”
The doctors like her, though. They find her swift and competent. With the patients she is also swift and competent, but she’s cold, and there’s an undertone of contempt there, as well. She will not allow even the most cataclysmically injured of them to be called a gork or a burn or a wipeout, at least not in her hearing, but she has a certain attitude.
“She knows her stuff,” one nurse said to another in the break room not long after Scapelli took up her duties. “No argument about that, but there’s something missing.”
The other nurse was a thirty-year veteran who had seen it all. She considered, then said one word…but it was le mot juste. “Mercy.”
Scapelli never exhibits coldness or contempt when she accompanies Felix Babineau, the head of Neuro, on his rounds, and he probably wouldn’t notice if she did. Some of the other doctors have noticed, but few pay any mind; the doings of such lesser beings as nurses—even head nurses—are far below their lordly gaze. »


Stephen King (Portland, 21 september 1947)



De Franse schrijver Frédéric Beigbeder werd geboren op 21 september 1965 in Neuilly-sur-Seine. Zie ook mijn blog van 21 september 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Frédéric Beigbeder op dit blog.

Uit: 99 Francs

« Non, ce n’est pas une petite réunion. C’est la fin du monde en marche. On ne peut pas à la fois obéir au monde et le transformer. Un jour, on étudiera à l’école comment la démocratie s’est autodétruite.
Dans cinquante ans, Alfred Duler sera poursuivi pour crimes contre l’humanité. Chaque fois que ce type emploie le mot «marché», il faut comprendre «gâteau». S’il dit «Études de marché», cela veut dire «Études du gâteau»; «économie de marché» signifie «économie du gâteau». Cet homme est favorable à la libéralisation du gâteau, il veut lancer de nouveaux produits sur le gâteau, se lancer à la conquête de nouveaux gâteaux, et n’oublie jamais de préciser que le gâteau est mondial. Il vous hait, sachez-le. Pour lui, vous n’êtes que du bétail à gaver, des chiens de Pavlov, tout ce qui l’intéresse c’est votre fric dans la poche de ses actionnaires (les fonds de pension américains, c’est-à-dire une bande de retraités liftés en train de crever au bord des piscines de Miami, Floride). Et que tourne le Meilleur des Mondes Matérialistes.
J’ai prié Alfred de m’excuser à nouveau car je sentais que j’étais sur le point de saigner du nez. C’est le problème avec la cocaïne parisienne: elle est tellement coupée qu’il faut avoir les narines solides. Je sentais le sang affluer. Je me suis levé en reniflant à toute berzingue pour foncer aux chiottes et là, mon nez s’est mis à pisser comme jamais, il n’arrêtait pas de dégouliner, il y avait du sang partout, sur le miroir, sur ma chemise, sur le rouleau de serviette automatisé, sur le carrelage, et mes narines faisaient de grosses bulles rouges. Heureusement que personne n’est entré à ce moment-là, je me suis regardé dans la glace et j’ai vu mon visage ensanglanté, du rouge partout, sur le menton, la bouche, le col, le lavabo cramoisi, et j’avais du sang sur les mains — cette fois ça y est, ils avaient gagné, j’avais littéralement du sang sur les mains — et ça m’a donné une idée, alors j’ai écrit sur les murs de leurs chiottes «Pigs», «PIGS» sur la porte, et je suis sorti dans le couloir, pigs sur le contreplaqué, pigs sur la moquette, pigs dans l’ascenseur, et je me suis enfui, je crois que les caméras de surveillance doivent avoir immortalisé cet instant glorieux. Le jour où j’ai baptisé le capitalisme de mon propre sang.”


Frédéric Beigbeder (Neuilly-sur-Seine, 21 september 1965)



De Vlaamse dichter Xavier Roelens werd op 21 september 1976 in Rekkem (Menen). Zie ook alle tags voor Xavier Roelens op dit blog.


De deugden van het water

zij heeft de deugden van het water:
spartelt mijn gezicht, vloeit in
rimpels. een andere keer daalt ze

op me neer met de kracht van een freak wave –
ontspanning is een valse vertaling.

niet een huid, niet een later
is de bedding van haar daden.
ik streel haar wang als eyecatcher, ze druppelt

van me af, vormt een plas, ik haal een



En straks lekkere boterkoeken

ik slaap vannacht bij moeder
in een kuil. de sterren zijn bewolkt, we staren
nog wat na, ik rook. ik help haar haar
ogen openhouden. ik ben lief.

ik rook voor het eerst en steek
de sigaret tussen haar lippen.
ze doet goed alsof, de ogen dicht, mijmerend
is het woord. moeder-denkt-na.

bij het helder worden van het moment
zullen vogels luiden. sta dan op, gooi de kuil dicht.
laat haar in juiste handen na.


Xavier Roelens (Rekkem, 21 september 1976)
In 2007 



De Amerikaanse schrijfster en actrice Fannie Flagg (eig. Patricia Neal) werd geboren op 21 september in Birmingham (Alabama). Zie ook mijn blog van 21 september 2010 en evenneens alle tags voor Fannie Flagg op dit blog.

Uit: Standing in the Rainbow

“The game is to stare at it until they are cross-eyed, which seemed to them to be some sort of grand achievement. As far as amusements go, it is on a par with holding your breath until you pass out or dropping from a rope into the freezing swimming hole outside of town named the Blue Devil, so cold that even on a hot day when you hit the water the first shock jolts you to your eyeballs, stops your heart, and makes you see stars before your eyes. By the time you come out your body is so numb you can’t feel where your legs are and your lips have turned blue, hence the name. But boys, being the insane creatures they are, cannot wait to come crawling out covered with goose bumps and do it all over again.
These were some of the activities that thrilled Bobby to the core. However, for Bobby just life itself was exciting. And really at that time and that place what red-blooded American boy would not wake up every morning jumping for joy and ready to go? He was living smack-dab in the middle of the greatest country in the world-some said the greatest country that ever was or ever would be. We had just beaten the Germans and the Japanese in a fair fight. We had saved Europe and everyone liked us that year, even the French. Our girls were the prettiest, our boys the handsomest, our soldiers the bravest, and our flag the most beautiful. That year it seemed like everyone in the world wanted to be an American. People from all over the world were having a fit trying to come here. And who could blame them? We had John Wayne, Betty Grable, Mickey Mouse, Roy Rogers, Superman, Dagwood and Blondie, the Andrews Sisters, and Captain Marvel. Buck Rogers and Red Ryder, BB guns, the Hardy Boys, G-men, Miss America, cotton candy. Plus Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergen, Amos ‘n’ Andy, Fibber McGee and Molly, and anybody could grow up and become the president of the United States.”

Fannie Flagg (Birmingham, 21 september 1944)



De Britse schrijver Herbert George Wells werd geboren op 21 september 1866 in Bromley, Kent. Zie ook mijn blog van 21 september 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor H. G. Wells op dit blog.

Uit: The War Of The Worlds

“Peculiar markings, as yet unexplained, were seen near the site of that outbreak during the next two oppositions.
The storm burst upon us six years ago now. As Mars approached opposition, Lavelle of Java set the wires of the astronomical exchange palpitating with the amazing intelligence of a huge outbreak of incandescent gas upon the planet. It had occurred towards midnight of the twelfth; and the spectroscope, to which he had at once resorted, indicated a mass of flaming gas, chiefly hydrogen, moving with an enormous velocity towards this earth. This jet of fire had become invisible about a quarter past twelve. He compared it to a colossal puff of flame suddenly and violently squirted out of the planet, “as flaming gases rushed out of a gun.”
A singularly appropriate phrase it proved. Yet the next day there was nothing of this in the papers except a little note in the Daily Telegraph, and the world went in ignorance of one of the gravest dangers that ever threatened the human race. I might not have heard of the eruption at all had I not met Ogilvy, the well-known astronomer, at Ottershaw. He was immensely excited at the news, and in the excess of his feelings invited me up to take a turn with him that night in a scrutiny of the red planet.
In spite of all that has happened since, I still remember that vigil very distinctly: the black and silent observatory, the shadowed lantern throwing a feeble glow upon the floor in the corner, the steady ticking of the clockwork of the telescope, the little slit in the roof–an oblong profundity with the stardust streaked across it. Ogilvy moved about, invisible but audible. Looking through the telescope, one saw a circle of deep blue and the little round planet swimming in the field. It seemed such a little thing, so bright and small and still, faintly marked with transverse stripes, and slightly flattened from the perfect round. But so little it was, so silvery warm–a pin’s-head of light! It was as if it quivered, but really this was the telescope vibrating with the activity of the clockwork that kept the planet in view.
As I watched, the planet seemed to grow larger and smaller and to advance and recede, but that was simply that my eye was tired. Forty millions of miles it was from us–more than forty millions of miles of void. Few people realise the immensity of vacancy in which the dust of the material universe swims. Near it in the field, I remember, were three faint points of light, three telescopic stars infinitely remote, and all around it was the unfathomable darkness of empty space.”


H. G. Wells (21 september 1866 – 13 augustus 1946)
Scene uit de gelijknamige film uit 1953



De Duitse dichter Johann Peter Eckermann werd geboren op 21 september 1792 in Winsen (Luhe). Hij was bovenal de medewerker en vriend van Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.Zie ook mijn blog van 21 september 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Johann Peter Eckermann op dit blog.


Helgolander Fischerlied

Der Fische viel gefangen sind,
Die Nacht wird dunkel, nass der Wind;
Bald ab vom Strande strömt die Flut,
Drum rudert rasch und rudert gut,
Damit wir zeitig landen.

Es pfeift der Wind bei hohler See,
Nicht Mond, nicht Stern ist in der Höh’;
Doch halten fest wir im Gesicht
Auf fernem Turm der Heimat Licht,
Wohin wir oft uns fanden.

Bald sind wir nah, nun senkt das Blei,
Noch alle Not ist nicht vorbei,
Hier liegen flach der Klippen viel,
Und ist fürwahr kein Kinderspiel,
Bei dunkler Nacht zu stranden.

Mit Licht die Unsern sind am Strand!
Bald ziehn die Boote wir zu Land;
Dann heitre Mahlzeit machen wir,
Und der Gefahren lachen wir,
Die glücklich wir bestanden.


Johann Peter Eckermann (21 september 1792 – 3 december 1854)
Englische Fischer an der Küste Helgolands door Hans Bohrdt, 1883



Zie voor nog meer schrijvers van de 21e september ook mijn blog van 21 september 2014 deel 2.