Jim Knipfel, Marcel Reich-Ranicki, Sibylle Berg, Carol Shields, Jean Nelissen, Thomas Hardy

De Amerikaanse schrijver Jim Knipfel werd geboren op 2 juni 1965 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Zie ook alle tags voor Jim Knipfel op dit blog.

Uit: The Blow-off

“Why do you suppose they call that one the Black Hole?” Annie shouted into his ear in an effort to be heard over the tedious, thumping rhythms of the ride’s soundtrack—some insipid pop tune or another—blasting at jet engine levels. The “ride” itself appeared to be nothing more than a small wooden shack capable of holding no more than five or six people at a time, so long as none of those people moved. Yet there was a line of ticket holders twenty or thirty long, eagerly awaiting a chance to step inside. “You’d be surprised,” he shouted back. The Saturday night crowd was a swamp of hairy arms and soiled logo T-shirts, wailing children, haggard sundresses, droop-ing bellies, body odor, and cigar smoke. “What’s with you, you hit your head on something?” Annie asked once the noise had faded to tolerable levels. She’d noticed his face and it worried her. At first she thought he might be having a stroke. “What’s wrong?” “You’re smiling.” Hank stopped walking to assess what his face was up to, exam-ining it with his free hand. She was right. The smile dropped away. “Sorry,” he said. He looked around. “C’mon, let’s find a beer stand. Maybe that Chinaman who was here last year’s still around someplace.” She twisted the flesh of his upper arm again. She wasn’t fooling around. “Ow! Christ,” he yelped, yanking his arm away and rubbing the point of assault. “Why do you keep doing that?” “Don’t use that word in public.” Her whisper was fierce. “Take a look around you. You shouldn’t even use it at home.” “What word? That’s the fourth time tonight and I don’t even know what I’m saying.”
Despite the repeated attacks, Henry (“Hank”) Kalabander was in his element. It might have been his second or third element in terms of priorities, but it was without question one of the top five. He brought Annie to the Meadowlands Fair every year. Be-fore Annie, he’d brought his first wife. And before his first wife, he brought whoever was handy. Or he came alone. Annie had caught him smiling the first year he’d brought her here, too. It was the first time she’d seen him do that in public. “But you hate crowds,” she’d pointed out back then. “Yes . . . yes I do. But I live in New York.” “And you hate New York. So why do you like it here? It’s more crowded than Midtown, and you haven’t been to Midtown in sev-enteen years.” “I’m not so inflexible that there can’t be exceptions to the rule.” “Bullshit.” “Okay then, I’m not so inflexible that there can’t be this one single exception to the rule. More going on here than in goddamn Times Square.” “I might almost accept that,” she finally conceded. That was some seven or eight years back. He knew in his heart it wasn’t a real explanation, that nothing had been settled, and that he’d be back the following year and the year after that (as he had been ever since), trying to figure out the answer for himself. “Where’s that fuckin’ Chinaman?” He was swinging his head from side to side, peering through the crowds, the rides, the game booths with each futile pass in search of a beer shack. Annie refrained from pinching him this time, afraid she might do some real damage. “Hank, we talked about this a few months ago, remember? It was on the news. They don’t sell beer here any-more. Some kind of statute—like they did in the city with the street fairs.”

Jim Knipfel (Green Bay, 2 juni 1965)

 

De Duitse schrijver en literatuurcriticus Marcel Reich-Ranicki werd geboren op 2 juni 1920 in Włocławek, Polen. Zie ook alle tags voor Marcel Reich-Ranicki op dit blog.

Uit: Meine Geschichte der deutschen Literatur

„Und weil das Herz, wie man schon im Mittelalter zu wissen glaubte, eben verschließbar ist, kann es gewisse Schwierigkeiten und auch Möglichkeiten geben – nämlich mit dem Schlüssel. In einem der ältesten und schönsten deutschen Liebesgedichte, in jenem, das aus nur sechs Versen besteht und mit den Worten beginnt: »Du bist min, ich bin din: /Des solt du gewis sin«, ist die oder der Geliebte im Herzen verschlossen, zu dem es ein Schlüsselein gibt; aber es ist abhanden gekommen, und so muss sie oder er immer darin, im Herzen also, bleiben.
Es gibt kaum ein Substantiv, das die Menschen, jedenfalls in Europa, so häufig und in so vielen Verbindungen gebrauchen wie dieses eine: das Herz. Es gibt auch kaum ein Eigenschaftswort, das man nicht früher oder später mit der Vokabel »Herz« gekoppelt hätte. Ein Herz kann warm und weich sein, treu und traurig, klein und kalt, heiß und hart, gütig und großzügig, stolz und steinern. Kurz: Es kann alles sein. Groß ist auch die Zahl der deutschen Adjektive, die aus dem Wort »Herz« gebildet wurden. Wir sprechen von barmherzigen, engherzigen und hartherzigen, von herzlichen und herzhaften, von herzlosen und herzgläubigen Menschen.
Mehr noch: Das Herz, ein Körperteil, kann seinerseits, so wollen es manche Dichter, und nicht die schlechtesten, ebenfalls Körperteile haben, zumindest Knie. Jedenfalls schrieb Kleist am 24. Januar 1808 an Goethe, dem er das erste Heft des »Phoebus« zuschickte: »Es ist auf den ›Knien meines Herzens‹, daß ich damit vor Ihnen erscheine.« Allerdings hat Kleist die Wendung »Knien meines Herzens« mit Anführungszeichen versehen.
Woher stammen diese Worte? Wir wissen es nicht, doch wurde vermutet, er habe jenen Autor zitiert, den die Schriftsteller am liebsten zitieren – nämlich sich selbst. Denn in seiner »Penthesilea« heißt es: »O du, /Vor der mein Herz auf Knien niederfällt …« Es kann aber auch sein, dass Kleist – fleißige Germanisten haben es nachgewiesen – artigerweise seinen Adressaten zitiert hat, dem diese Wendung schon in frühen Jahren unterlaufen ist. Nur hat auch Goethe die »Knie des Herzens« keineswegs erfunden, es gab sie schon bei Petrarca. Und auch dieser hat sie entliehen, nämlich aus der Bibel.“

 Marcel Reich-Ranicki (2 juni 1920 – 18 september 2013)
Włocławek, Polen

 

De Duitse schrijfster Sibylle Berg werd geboren in Weimar op 2 juni 1962. Zie ook alle tags voor Sibylle Berg op dit blog.

Uit: Ein paar Leute suchen das Glück und lachen sich tot (Tom geht weg)

„Vera und Helge sind verheiratet. Schon lange. Wissen sie eigentlich gar nicht, warum. Sie sitzen draußen, auf dem Balkon. Es ist ein Sommerabend. Die Luft fleischwarm und macht im Menschen das Gefühl, daß er etwas unternehmen müßte, in dieser Nacht, das ihr gerecht wird, in der Aufregung, die sie verursacht. Was kann ich machen, mit so einer schönen Nacht, denkt sich Vera und weiß keine Antwort. Und eigentlich auch keine Frage. So eine Nacht ist eben eine Nacht. Die will gar nichts gemacht kriegen. Vera sieht Helge an. Der sitzt neben ihr und ist tausend Gedanken entfernt. Sie würde gerne rübergehen, zu ihm. Aber sie weiß nicht wie. Sie schaut in den Himmel und sucht dort den Satz. Der alles ändert. Ein Satz nur. Himmel, schenk mir einen. Der Himmel bleibt stumm und schön, und Wunder gibt es eben nicht. Wunder muß es aber geben, denkt Vera und guckt stur in den Himmel. Und dann guckt sie zu Helge rüber und der guckt geradeaus. Helge trinkt Bier. »Helge …« Helge trinkt Bier. »Ein schöner Abend.« Helge bleibt stumm, und Vera könnte gut tot umfallen. So leer fühlt sie sich an und weiß gar nicht, warum sie noch hier sitzen soll, oder aufstehen, oder weiterleben. Der Himmel ist ein Verräter, und einen Gott gibt es nicht. Vera nimmt ihre Hand und legt sie auf die von Helge. Da liegt sie dann so. Helges Hand bewegt sich nicht. Sie fühlt, daß ihre Hand weglaufen möchte. Sie mag das schwitzige Ding nicht anfassen müssen. Nichts ist peinlicher als eine Hand, die man anfaßt und die sich nicht bewegt, denkt Veras Hand, sondern nur atmet. Vor lauter Widerwillen laut atmet. Das denkt sich Veras Hand so, und Vera selbst schämt sich und nimmt ihre Hand weg, um sich eine Strähne aus dem Gesicht zu wischen. Sie steht auf und geht in die Küche. Der Abwasch steht noch da. Vera bindet sich die Schürze um. Sie wäscht ab und überlegt sich, was sie morgen ins Büro anziehen soll. Dann fällt ihr ein, daß Nora bald Geburtstag hat, und sie schüttelt den Kopf. Es gibt doch wirklich wichtigere Sachen als so einen blöden, warmen Abend und eine Hand, die nicht von ihr angefaßt werden will.“

 Sibylle Berg (Weimar, 2 juni 1962)
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De Canadese schrijfster Carol Shields werd op 2 juni 1935 in Oak Park, Chicago, geboren als Carol Warner. Zie ook alle tags voor Carol Shields op dit blog.

Uit: The Stone Diaries

“Only bread seems to ease her malaise, buttered bread, enormous slabs of it, what she’s heard people in this village refer to as doorsteps. She eats it fresh from the oven, slice after slice, sometimes not bothering with the knife, just tearing it off in handfuls. One day, alone in this kitchen, she consumed an entire loaf between noon and supper. (one of the loaves burned, she explained to her husband, anxious to account for the missing bread—as though a man of my father’s dreamy disposition would notice so small an item, as though any man would notice such a thing.) Frequently she sprinkles sugar on top of the buttered bread. The surface winks with brilliance, its crystals working between her teeth, giving her strength. She imagines the soft dough entering the bin of her stomach, lining that bitter bloated vessel with a cottony warmth that absorbs and neutralizes the poisons of her own body. Her inability to feel love has poisoned her, swallowed down along with the abasement of sugar, yeast, lard, and flour; she knows this for a fact. She tries, she pretends pleasure, as women are encouraged to do, but her efforts are punished by a hunger that attacks her when she’s alone, as she is on this hot July day, hidden away in a dusty, landlocked Manitoba village (half a dozen unpaved streets, a store, a hotel, a Methodist Church, the Canadian Pacific Railway Station, and a boarding house on the corner of Bishop Road for the unmarried men). She seems always to be waiting for something fresh to happen, but her view of this “something” is obscured by ignorance and the puffiness of her bodily tissue. At night, embarrassed, she gathers her nightdress close around her. She never knows when she blows out the lamp what to expect or what to make of her husband’s cries, which are, thankfully, muffled by the walls of the wood-framed company house where she and my father live. Two rooms up, two down, a privy out back. She knows only that she stands apart from any coherent history, separated from the ordinary consolation of blood ties, and covered over and over again these last two years by Cuyler Goodwill’s immense, unfathomable ardor. Niagara in all its force is what she’s reminded of as he climbs on top of her each evening, a thundering let loose against the folded interior walls of her body. It’s then she feels most profoundly buried, as though she, Mercy Goodwill, is no more than a beating of blood inside the vault of her flesh, her wide face, her thick doughy neck, her great loose breasts and solid boulder of a stomach. Standing in her back kitchen, my mother’s thighs, like soft white meat (veal or chicken or fatty pork come to mind) rub together under her cotton drawers—which are wet, she suddenly realizes, soaked through and through. There are double and triple ruffles of fat around her ankles and wrists, and these ridged extremities are slick with perspiration. Her large swollen fingers press into the boards of the kitchen table, and her left hand, her wedding ring buried there in soft flesh, is throbbing with poison.”

Carol Shields (2 juni 1935 – 16 juli 2003)
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De Nederlandse sportjournalist en schrijver Jean Nelissen werd geboren in Geleen op 2 juni 1936. Zie ook alle tags voor Jean Nelissen op dit blog.

Uit: De Bijbel van 100 jaar Tour

“Ik heb Joop gevraagd of hij met mij wil rijden. ‘Ik kom: belooft hij. De gentlemankoers is een heuse happening. een manie van topsporters. de mediawereld en de coureurs Martijn Lindenberg en ik besluiten om een dag eerder naar Hummelo af te reizen. Dan zijn we tenminste op tijd en fit voor de race. We huren een kamer in De Gouden Karper. En besluiten ėen afzakkertje te nemen en dan vroeg te gaan slapen- En dan geschiedt het ongeluk: we komen Wim Oorlog tegen. directeur van Vredestein en sponsor van de yentlemankoers ‘Ha. de mannen, kom ik schenk een borrel!’ Hij gaat ons voor en giet pure whisky in limonadeglazen van Hero Het wordt laat en ik heb het idee dat ik pas een halfuur in bed lig als Joop op de deur bonst. Hij is om drie uur in de nacht uit Parijs vertrokken en roept ‘Opstaan. warmrijden” Ik kom half overeind en roep ‘Die vervloekte Oorlog.’ Joop haalt zwarte koffie In het restaurant. Ik neem een koude douche en trek mijn koerskleding aan. Joop vraagt. ‘Hoe gaan we rijden?”’

Jean Nelissen (2 juni 1936 – 1 september 2010)

 

De Engels romanschrijver en dichter Thomas Hardy werd op 2 juni 1840 geboren in Higher Bockhampton, bij Dorchester. Zie ook alle tags voor Thomas Hardy op dit blog.

Uit: Far from the Madding Crowd

“What possessed her to indulge in such a performance in the sight of the sparrows, blackbirds, and unperceived farmer who were alone its spectators,–whether the smile began as a factitious one, to test her capacity in that art,–nobody knows; it ended certainly in a real smile. She blushed at herself, and seeing her reflection blush, blushed the more.
The change from the customary spot and necessary occasion of such an act–from the dressing hour in a bedroom to a time of travelling out of doors–lent to the idle deed a novelty it did not intrinsically possess. The picture was a delicate one. Woman’s prescriptive infirmity had stalked into the sunlight, which had clothed it in the freshness of an originality. A cynical inference was irresistible by Gabriel Oak as he regarded the scene, generous though he fain would have been. There was no necessity whatever for her looking in the glass. She did not adjust her hat, or pat her hair, or press a dimple into shape, or do one thing to signify that any such intention had been her motive in taking up the glass. She simply observed herself as a fair product of Nature in the feminine kind, her thoughts seeming to glide into far-off though likely dramas in which men would play a part–vistas of probable triumphs–the smiles being of a phase suggesting that hearts were imagined as lost and won. Still, this was but conjecture, and the whole series of actions was so idly put forth as to make it rash to assert that intention had any part in them at all.
The waggoner’s steps were heard returning. She put the glass in the paper, and the whole again into its place.
When the waggon had passed on, Gabriel withdrew from his point of espial, and descending into the road, followed the vehicle to the turnpike-gate some way beyond the bottom of the hill, where the object of his contemplation now halted for the payment of toll. About twenty steps still remained between him and the gate, when he heard a dispute. It was a difference concerning twopence between the persons with the waggon and the man at the toll-bar.
“Mis’ess’s niece is upon the top of the things, and she says that’s enough that I’ve offered ye, you great miser, and she won’t pay any more.” These were the waggoner’s words.
“Very well; then mis’ess’s niece can’t pass,” said the turnpike-keeper, closing the gate.
Oak looked from one to the other of the disputants, and fell into a reverie. There was something in the tone of twopence remarkably insignificant. Threepence had a definite value as money–it was an appreciable infringement on a day’s wages, and, as such, a higgling matter; but twopence–“Here,” he said, stepping forward and handing twopence to the gatekeeper; “let the young woman pass.” He looked up at her then; she heard his words, and looked down.”

Thomas Hardy (2 juni 1840 – 11 januari 1928)
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Zie voor nog meer schrijvers van de 2e juni ook mijn blog van 2 juni 2018 deel 2.

Jim Knipfel, Marcel Reich-Ranicki, Sibylle Berg, Carol Shields, Jean Nelissen, Thomas Hardy

De Amerikaanse schrijver Jim Knipfel werd geboren op 2 juni 1965 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Zie ook alle tags voor Jim Knipfel op dit blog.

Uit: The Blow-off

“Marv was your first husband,” Hank gently corrected. He bit his lip, his eyes drifting involuntarily back toward the ticket booth outside the Girl-to-Gorilla tent.
“I just don’t see the attraction.”
“Fine, I can accept that,” he said. “But would you mind if I went in? You can wait out here, and I’ll be back in ten—”
From inside the tent came the squeal and crash of a metal cage door torn from its hinges and tossed to the ground. Annie jumped a step closer to Hank as, at that instant, the piercing shrieks of half a dozen teenage girls erupted inside. One of the tent’s nylon side panels billowed outward, went taut, and focused nearly to a point before a small, almost delicate black fist punched through the orange fabric. The screams from inside the tent were growing more frenzied. There was a tearing sound as those same girls, blind with panic, ripped their way through the tent wall and poured out onto the midway, stumbling over one another, still screaming and laughing, before scattering in half a dozen different directions. Hank watched a few of them go, shaking his head in quiet, resigned amusement, knowing for certain there was now no way in hell he’d get Annie into the show. “They’re a superstitious people,” he explained. “They always overreact to these things.”
“Shhhh.” His wife glowered at him and pinched his arm for the third time that night. There was nothing playful about it.
Hank winced and pulled his arm away. “All right, then. Let’s move on. We’ll see the gorilla show later. Great show. Trust me. Used to see it when I was a kid.”
She took his arm and they moved down the midway away from the ripped tent, weaving their way through the thick Jersey crowds, trying to avoid
the dropped ice-cream cones and puddles of cotton candy vomit as they went.
The rides they were passing grew more rickety and treacherous with each passing year. Or maybe, Annie sometimes thought, she and Hank were just getting older.”

 
Jim Knipfel (Green Bay, 2 juni 1965)

 

De Duitse schrijver en literatuurcriticus Marcel Reich-Ranicki werd geboren op 2 juni 1920 in Włocławek, Polen. Zie ook alle tags voor Marcel Reich-Ranicki op dit blog.

Uit:Meine Geschichte der deutschen Literatur

“Mit dem Herzen hat es eine eigene Bewandtnis. Es ist — sagt der Prophet Jeremias —»das Herz ein trotzig und verzagt Ding; wer kann es ergründen?« Ohne das Herz, weiß jedes Kind, kann niemand existieren. Nur stellt sich meist heraus, dass gerade die herzlosen Menschen lange und gut leben. Man kann sein Herz verschenken: »Ich schenk mein Herz nur dir allein« — singt die Madame Dubarry in Millöckers Operette. Man kann sich auch ein Menschenherz als Geschenk wünschen, ohne deshalb der Grausamkeit bezichtigt zu werden. Aus dem »Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach« kennen wir ja das wunderbare Lied, das mit den Worten beginnt: »Willst du dein Herz mir schenken, /so fang es heimlich an …« Bisweilen sind jene Menschen besonders glücklich, die ihr Herz verschenkt oder die es ganz einfach verloren haben, beispielsweise in Heidelberg.
Verwunderlich ist auch, was das Herz alles vermag. Denn es kann schlagen und klopfen, pochen und hämmern, es kann zittern und flattern, aber auch schmachten und jubeln, es kann stillstehen, aber auch aufwachen und erglühen, es kann stocken und versagen, brechen und zerspringen. Das Herz kann sich an sehr verschiedenen Orten befinden, mitunter sogar gleichzeitig. Man kann es auf der Zunge haben, aber es kann einem auch in die Hose rutschen. Es kann einem im Leibe lachen, aber sich auch im Leibe umdrehen. Man kann es auf dem rechten Fleck haben, aber auch stehlen und erobern. Man kann sich ein Herz fassen, aber auch sein Herz an jemanden hängen. Man kann seinem Herzen Luft machen und ihm einen Stoß geben, es kann einem ein Stein vom Herzen fallen. Man kann etwas auf dem Herzen haben und ein Kind unter dem Herzen tragen. Man kann die Zwietracht, zumal die deutsche, mitten ins Herz treffen. Und wes das Herz voll ist — wir wissen es aus der Bibel —, des kann der Mund übergehen. Und da man sich einer Sache mit halbem Herzen zuwenden kann, lässt es sich offenbar auch halbieren. Natürlich kann man aus seinem Herzen eine Mördergrube und, häufiger noch, keine Mördergrube machen. Auch kann man jemanden in sein Herz schließen, ja, dort ist so viel Platz, dass sich sogar ein ganzer Chor ins Herz schließen lässt.“

 
Marcel Reich-Ranicki (2 juni 1920 – 18 september 2013)
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De Duitse schrijfster Sibylle Berg werd geboren in Weimar op 2 juni 1962. Zie ook alle tags voor Sibylle Berg op dit blog.

Uit: Ein paar Leute suchen das Glück und lachen sich tot (Tom geht weg)

„Die Luft riecht nach Großstadt, morgens um 4. Ein dicker Geruch. Nach schimmelndem Metall und Bäcker. Die Frau liegt oben. Wahrscheinlich weint sie. Wenn ich eine Frau wäre, würde ich auch weinen. Weil das so bequem ist, eine Flucht, die nichts ändert, falls ihr versteht, was ich meine.
Die Frau weint also vermutlich. Ich nicht. Ich weine nicht, ich leide auch nicht. Ich gehe einfach nur nach Hause. Ich werde mir die Frau abduschen. Wieder durch die Bars laufen und suchen. Nach einer neuen Frau. Wenn Weihnachten ist, und ich kann euch sagen, das kommt immer schneller, als man so denkt, werde ich wieder vor diesem Kaufhaus hier stehen. Jetzt sind da irgendwelche Herbstsachen drin. Blöde Plastefrüchte und so. Aber Weihnachten ist da eine Eisenbahn drin, in dem Schaufenster. Die fährt durch verschneite Dörfer. Die Häuschen sind von innen beleuchtet. Ich steh da immer ganz lange. Stell mir Sachen vor, die in diesen Häuschen passieren. Irgendwo wird eine Katze geschlachtet, in den Ofen geschoben, die Därme an den Baum geputzt. In einem anderen Häuschen liegt der Großvater im Bett und ist schon geraume Weile tot. Da sind Fliegen und die Enkel spielen mit dem Opa. Solche Sachen eben, und ich habe dann so einen Haß auf die Kinder. Die stehen neben mir und sehen meine Bahn an. Und die Eltern zwinkern, wenn die Scheißkinder fragen: Krieg ich so eine? Wir werden sehen, sagen die Eltern und zwinkern.
Ich könnt die dann immer in die Schnauze haun. Ich weiß wirklich nicht, warum. Was ich sagen will, ist, irgendwie suche ich nach einer Frau, die Weihnachten mit mir diese Bahn anguckt. Und die mich nichts Blödes fragt. Die vielleicht so einem Kind eine runterhaut. Und die mir dann eine Eisenbahn schenkt. Aber ich habe so eine noch nie gefunden. Ich gehe jetzt heim, dusche. Und dann gehe ich wieder los. Und suche weiter nach der Frau, die mit mir zu diesem Schaufenster geht.”

 
Sibylle Berg (Weimar, 2 juni 1962)

 

De Canadese schrijfster Carol Shields werd op 2 juni 1935 in Oak Park, Chicago, geboren als Carol Warner. Zie ook alle tags voor Carol Shields op dit blog.

Uit: The Stone Diaries

„All spring she’s been troubled with indigestion. Often in the morning, and then again at night after her young husband has gone to sleep, she’s risen from her bed and dosed herself with Bishop’s Citrate of Magnesia. When she drinks ordinary milk or sweetened tea or sugary lemonade she swallows it down greedily, but Bishop’s cool chalky potion she pours into a china cup and sips with deep, slow concentration, with dignity. She doesn’t know what to think. One day she’s persuaded her liver’s acting up, and the next day her kidneys—she’s only thirty years old, but kidney trouble can start early in life, especially for a woman of my mother’s unorthodox size. Or perhaps the problem stems from constipation. Mrs. Flett next door has suggested this possibility, recommending rhubarb tablets, or else, speaking confidentially, some woman’s trouble. Excessive loss of blood, she tells Mercy, is the cause of discomfort for many young ladies—has Mercy spoken to Dr. Spears? Dr. Spears is known for his sensitivity to women’s complaints; he has a way of squeezing his eyes shut when he phrases his delicate inquiries, of speaking almost poetically of nature’s cycles and balances, of the tide of fertility or the consolation of fruit salts.
No, Mercy has not approached Dr. Spears, she would never speak to Dr. Spears of such a thing, she would speak to no one, not even her husband—especially not her husband. Her monthly blood has appeared only twice in her life, springing out of the soft cushions of her genital flesh, staining her underclothes with its appalling brightness, and mocking the small decencies and duties that steady her life: her needlework, her housekeeping, her skill with a flat iron, her preserves and pickles and fresh linens and the lamp chimneys she polishes every single morning.
The doses of Citrate of Magnesia help hardly at all. Fruit salts only make her suffering worse. Her abdominal walls have continued to cramp and heave all spring, and she’s wondered at times if her inner membranes might burst with the pressure. Bile rises often in her throat. Her skin itches all over. She experiences scalding attacks of flatulence, especially at night as she lies next to my father, who, out of love, out of delicacy, pretends deep sleep—she can tell from the way he keeps himself curled respectfully to his own side of the bed.“

 
Carol Shields (2 juni 1935 – 16 juli 2003)
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De Nederlandse sportjournalist en schrijver Jean Nelissen werd geboren in Geleen op 2 juni 1936. Zie ook alle tags voor Jean Nelissen op dit blog.

Uit: De Bijbel van 100 jaar Tour

“We rijden in langzaam tempo door de Midi, Perpignan. Toulouse, Beziers, Albi, Narbonne, Carcasonne. Het is bloedheet De toeristen die hun campings hebben verlaten zijn schaars gekleed. Dan zien ze onze auto. Het vaderland schuift voorbij. En 16 jaar lang horen wij als enige vraag: ‘Hoe doet Joop het? Dan steken we onze duim omhoog en het volk zakt tevreden terug in de wankele campingstoeltjes. Holland en rijn beleving van de Tour de France. In een tunnelrelatie met een timmerman uit Rijpwetering, Joop Zoetemelk. Ik heb in al die jaren zeer vele spandoekjes gezien: ‘Hup Joop’. Mensen, zittend voor hun tent. hebben zich de moeite getroost om in de campingwinkel of in het dorp een doek te kopen en daarop ‘Hup Joop!’ te kalken. Op zich een ontwapenende vorm van nationalisme.
Je zit daar een of meer weken voor zo’n tent, 2000 kilometer van Genemuiden Kwintsheul en Slagharen verwijderd ren over twee dagen komt Joop voorbij.
De enige opwinding in een weliswaar ontspannend maar soms ook slopend saai bestaan. ‘Hup Joop!” Ik heb hem wel eens gevraagd “Zie je die spandoeken? Joop antwoordt ‘Ja, af en toe.’
Ik ken Joop tamelijk goed. Ik heb tien jaar zijn column voor de kranten geschreven. Dat ging zo. Raam van de auto open. “Joop. nog iets bijzonders?’ Hij antwoordt ‘Nee.’ Ik vraag hem naar enkele details over wat er die dag gebeurd is. Dan sluit ik het raam van de auto en begin aan de column. want ik weet met een afwijkingspercentage van slechts enkele percenten hoe Joop over de gang van zaken denkt. We maken samen ook een commercial voor TopDrop. En wij rijden op 8 juni 1971 de destijds befaamde koppeltijdrit bij De Gouden Karper in Hummelo. Topsporters zoals Ard Schenk en Sjaak Swart en journaltsten worden gekoppeld aan een wielrenner. Het bochtige parcours voert 8.5 km om smalle wegen.”

 
Jean Nelissen (2 juni 1936 – 1 september 2010)

 

De Engels romanschrijver en dichter Thomas Hardy werd op 2 juni 1840 geboren in Higher Bockhampton, bij Dorchester. Zie ook alle tags voor Thomas Hardy op dit blog.

Uit: Far from the Madding Crowd

“The field he was in this morning sloped to a ridge called Norcombe Hill. Through a spur of this hill ran the highway between Emminster and Chalk-Newton. Casually glancing over the hedge, Oak saw coming down the incline before him an ornamental spring waggon, painted yellow and gaily marked, drawn by two horses, a waggoner walking alongside bearing a whip perpendicularly. The waggon was laden with household goods and window plants, and on the apex of the whole sat a woman, young and attractive. Gabriel had not beheld the sight for more than half a minute, when the vehicle was brought to a standstill just beneath his eyes.
“The tailboard of the waggon is gone, Miss,” said the waggoner.
“Then I heard it fall,” said the girl, in a soft, though not particularly low voice. “I heard a noise I could not account for when we were coming up the hill.”
“I’ll run back.”
“Do,” she answered.
The sensible horses stood — perfectly still, and the waggoner’s steps sank fainter and fainter in the distance.
The girl on the summit of the load sat motionless, surrounded by tables and chairs with their legs upwards, backed by an oak settle, and ornamented in front by pots of geraniums, myrtles, and cactuses, together with a caged canary — all probably from the windows of the house just vacated. There was also a cat in a willow basket, from the partly-opened lid of which she gazed with half-closed eyes, and affectionately-surveyed the small birds around.
The handsome girl waited for some time idly in her place, and the only sound heard in the stillness was the hopping of the canary up and down the perches of its prison. Then she looked attentively downwards. It was not at the bird, nor at the cat; it was at an oblong package tied in paper, and lying between them. She turned her head to learn if the waggoner were coming. He was not yet in sight; and her eyes crept back to the package, her thoughts seeming to run upon what was inside it. At length she drew the article into her lap, and untied the paper covering; a small swing looking-glass was disclosed, in which she proceeded to survey herself attentively. She parted her lips and smiled.
It was a fine morning, and the sun lighted up to a scarlet glow the crimson jacket she wore, and painted a soft lustre upon her bright face and dark hair. The myrtles, geraniums, and cactuses packed around her were fresh and green, and at such a leafless season they invested the whole concern of horses, waggon, furniture, and girl with a peculiar vernal charm.“


Thomas Hardy (2 juni 1840 – 11 januari 1928)
Portret door Walter William Ouless, 1922

 

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Jim Knipfel, Marcel Reich-Ranicki, Sibylle Berg, Carol Shields, Jean Nelissen, Thomas Hardy, Markies De Sade, Dorothy West, Max Aub

 

De Amerikaanse schrijver Jim Knipfel werd geboren op 2 juni 1965 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Zie ook alle tags voor Jim Knipfel op dit blog.

Uit: These Children Who Come at You with Knives

“As if that wasn’t bad enough, the entire sidewalk in both directions had become a river of bodily fluids. Snot and puke and pus and bile and piss all flowed together in a thick noxious stream dotted with islands of shit. Great clouds of fat blackflies hung low over the flood, and even in the chill autumn air the unimaginable stench made Milton’s own gorge rise. Confronted with such a nightmarish landscape, most men would have screamed or called the police or written a strong let-ter of complaint to the EPA. Not Milton, who had almost ex-pected this. He didn’t simply want to identify the culprit anymore. He wanted revenge. This was a malicious premeditated attack aimed at him personally. He knew that. And whoever was responsible would pay. That night, instead of waiting by the window, Milton stepped outside, crossed the street, and hid in a darkened, recessed door-way. From that vantage point he could see a good stretch of side-walk in either direction. He would hide in that doorway as long as it took. The streets were silent. Even the cars were asleep. At the stroke of four, as Milton’s eyelids began to grow quite heavy, he caught a quick movement across the street to his left. A shadow dashed beneath a streetlamp. He strained his eyes but could see nothing. There was another dark flash to his right. In the pool of light he definitely saw a small leg. Another figure came dancing around the corner, fully visible, and Milton nearly let loose with a yelp of surprise. It was a tiny man, no more than three feet tall. He looked human, apart from the pointed ears, the stupid haircut, the peaked red cap, and a pair of strange curly-toed boots. Aside from the hat and the boots, the little man was naked as a jaybird. Not just naked, Milton noted with revulsion, but pissing as well. Dancing in circles and pissing. In his hands he held a crystal bucket. Milton couldn’t tell what was contained in the bucket, but whatever it was the little man was splashing it on the sidewalk as he danced and pissed. The bucket, though tiny, seemed to hold a bottomless supply of something thick and green. A second little man, equally naked apart from the hat and boots, came dancing down the block, snorting and spitting an endless stream of phlegm in every direction. Soon there was a third and a fourth and a fifth.

 
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Jim Knipfel, Marcel Reich-Ranicki, Sibylle Berg, Carol Shields, Jean Nelissen, Thomas Hardy, Markies De Sade, Joy Ladin

 

De Amerikaanse schrijver Jim Knipfel werd geboren op 2 juni 1965 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Zie ook alle tags voor Jim Knipfel op dit blog.

Uit: Slackjaw: A Memoir

“There, you see? Can you imagine how they would feel if you killed yourself?”
“So, what, I should go on living solely out of guilt? Guilt overhow they would feel if I were to end it? That’s not much to workwith.” I chuckled.
“See? You just laughed! If you laugh, that must meansomething. Everything’s not completely dark.”
“Well, Wagner said,” I responded, one more young man whotook his Wagner too seriously, “`Amidst laughter should we faceour doom.'”
“Who?”
“Never mind,” I told her, knowing the whole thing was amistake. It wasn’t going anywhere, and never would go anywhere.”Thanks for taking the time, but I’m suddenly real tired. I’mgoing to bed.”
“Are you still thinking about hurting yourself?”
“Well, yeah. But right now I’m just too damn tired.” Thesefew minutes on the phone with her had completely sapped whatenergy I had left. She began to say something else, but I hungup. Useless. I lay down on my mattress, still dressed, and fellasleep.
The next morning was brisk and clear outside. Therewere things I was supposed to be doing, but for the life of me, Icouldn’t remember what. I put on my hat and coat, left theapartment, and started walking in a direction I’d never gone. I hadstarted wearing a black fedora everywhere when I was sixteenyears old. At the time, I thought it made me look like Bogart. Iwas mistaken. So many of us go through life trying to be Bogartor Cagney, but we mostly end up like Elisha Cook, Jr. I certainlydid. But the hat stayed. It was my most identifiable feature.
I walked for hours, hoping I could exhaust myself and walkthe bad thoughts out of my head. Once my legs started gettingnumb, I turned around and started back home. While I walked,I took inventory, only to discover that there was nothing to count.
When I got home, I opened the door, threw my hat and coaton the mattress, snatched the razors off the desk, took them into the bathroom, and searched in vain for a comfortable spot on the tiled floor. After a few minutes I gave up on that silly notion and set to work on the right wrist.”

 
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De Amerikaanse schrijver Jim Knipfel werd geboren op 2 juni 1965 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Zie ook alle tags voor Jim Knipfel op dit blog.

Uit: Slackjaw: A Memoir

„I  didn’t have an answer to her question. I had begun to notice that my failing eyesight — which in the past had affected me only at night — now was affecting me in the daytime as well. I couldn’t cut it in physics, I couldn’t cut it at the University of Chicago. So here I was in Madison, at the University of Wisconsin, a nondescript state school that would admit autistics if they could pay the tuition, studying philosophy, which wouldn’t do me a damn bit of good in the future. Those facts weren’t reasons, either.
“Any possible reasons you could give me?”
I was in it now. I might as well try. “I guess you could say I’m a fuck-up.”
“Yeah?” Her voice dropped to a throaty whisper. She must have thought she was getting someplace, that she had finally broken through. “When was the last time you fucked up?”
“About five minutes ago, when I picked up the phone to call you.”
“That’s not very nice.” She was attempting to hold on to her sincerity.
“Sorry,” I said. I suppose I was, too, a little.
“Let’s try something else. Let’s turn things around. Tell me some of the things you like.”
I thought for a minute.
“I’m pretty hard-pressed to come up with anything just at this moment, ma’am.”
“C’mon, there must be something. You must have friends.”
“Nope.”
“None at all?”
“Nope”
“What about your family?” “My family’s cool. I’ve got nothing but kind things to say about them.”


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Uit: Unplugging Philco

As furtively as possible he checked the three of them again. Still chatting. If they began moving his way he’ d need a new plan, and quick. If only there was another pedestrian to draw their attention away from him — but there never was. Nobody else was out at this hour. It would be simple enough to change his own schedule, he sometimes thought, but he knew it would never happen.
He flexed his legs and his toes, checked the sidewalk directly below him again, then took a deep breath and willed himself into action.
As he scrambled down the stairs like a convulsive heron, Wally told himself for the thirtieth time in as many days that it was about time he picked himself up a new pair of shoes. This old pair he was wearing was simply not made for scrambling of any kind. Not with soles worn that smooth and thin.
Without pausing at the bottom to see if they’d caught sight of him, he dashed across the sidewalk, staying as low as he could manage, and ducked between two parked cars. He was breathing heavy and sweating despite the cool breeze, but at least he had some decent cover here.
Holding on to the rear bumper of a cherry red Chrysler Xanax for support, he pushed himself up just enough to peer over the trunk and down the street.
They still hadn’t seen him, too engrossed as they were in their little chat.
Probably exchanging diapering tips and murder stories, he thought. He checked the street again.
There was someone at the stoplight two blocks away. He was driving one of those Dodge Dipsomatic GX Mini Forts, an enormous vehicle, almost a full lane and a half wide. It was little more than a street-modified tank, really, but they’d become quite popular lately.” 

 
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Jean Nelissen, Jan Siebelink, Pai Hsien-yung, Herman de Man

Bij de Tour de France


Luis Ocaña, na een val in de Tour van 1971

 

 

 

Uit: De Bijbel Van De Tour De France (door Jean Nelissen)

 

“Een ronde waarin sommige renners tot idolen worden verheven, wier faam zelfs hun dood overleeft. Zoals Fausto Coppi, die op een bergtop in het gehucht Castellania ligt begraven, omringd door aarde van de beruchte col Izoard. Een Tour waarvan de geschiedenis is doordrenkt met dramatiek van de relatief talrijke winnaars die vermoord werden of zelfde dood zochten, zoals René Pottier, Ottavio Bottecchia, Henri Palissier, Hugo Koblet en Luis Ocana. Van oorsprong eenvoudige mannen met een aanvankelijk bescheiden verwachtingspatroon, die echter door hun sportieve successen in een andere wereld werden gekatapulteerd en er hun geestelijk evenwicht verloren. Dat is een van de gevaren van deelname aan de Tour. De verleiding om een sportheld te worden, de massa te ontstijgen, roem en rijkdom te vergaren, zal echter altijd sterker blijven.”

 

 

 

Jean Nelissen (2 juni 1936 – 1 september 2010)

 

 

 

Uit: Pijn is genot (door Jan Siebelink)

 

Jean Nelissen. Le vélo, c’est la vie.

 

“Grote hitte. De renner pakt zijn bidon. Drinkt. In die situatie zal Jean Nelissen als een literair motief altijd dezelfde woorden uitspreken: “Wie bij deze temperaturen niet drinkt, beste mensen…. Een lichaam kan niet zonder water…Weet je nog Mart, het was op 12 juli 1978, op het heetste van de dag, en Bernard Thévenet, die dat jaar de Tour zou winnen, stapte af bij een bergwand waarlangs water droop. Mensen, hij likte het op metr zij tong. Hij wilde het water er wel uitwringen. Zonder water begint een levend organisme niets…”

Het tere blauw van de ochtend, het waas over de Maasvallei, de van dauw doordrenkte velden, het wisselende spel van de wolken daarboven. Ik glimlachte in mijzelf, was al bezig met de pittoreske details waarom wielercommentator Jean Nelissen zo vermaard is, de wereld om mij heen te beschrijven. Ik was op weg naar zijn woonplaats Maastricht, en verkeerde in een lichte koortsachtige stemming. Er ligt voor mij altijd grote bekoring aan te komen op een onbekende plek. Nu kwam daar nog bij dat ik naar een man ging wiens stem mij zo vertrouwd voorkwam dat ik die uit duizenden zou herkennen, maar hoe zag die man eruit die bij die stem hoorde?

Die vraag had ik mij nooit eerder gesteld. Je kende zijn gezicht niet, in tegenstelling tot dat van zijn kompaan Smeets. Je wilde het ook niet weten. Zijn rustige, innemende, licht meridionale stem was voldoende. In die zijn heeft hij voor mij altijd tot het radiotijdperk gehoord.”

 

 

 

 

Jan Siebelink (Velp, 13 februari 1938)

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