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Shed Simove

SUCCESS…OR YOUR MONEY BACK by Shed Simove     ABC Amsterdam, ABC Treehut, – December 6/7/8, 2012 ABC and Hotel V are inviting you to a series of events with modern day entrepreneurial genius and author Shed Simove who is coming to Amsterdam and The Hague to talk about his new book ‘Success…Or Your Money [...]

My Muse

My muse has moved into a nursing home The door that leads outside is locked There is a magic code   Four digits that my muse no longer knows Written near the doorjamb, this: The password is the year in which we’re living   The present will never be her later Before she won’t recall [...]

You are no sonnet

Marion Bloem

Some hide their sorrow cutting stripes in sour shoulders Some store problems in drawers pushing all what hurts with trash in cans while others avoid looking at anything reminding them of stinging smart   Several drink their dark past away in huge high glasses on the rocks to be knocked asleep whining. There are the ones chatting, chuckling and we’ll never catch the darkness behind their shiny [...]

Alexandre Dumas, Sr.

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Alexandre Dumas, Sr. Born July 24 (The Day of Exciting Instability) For those of us who grew up with a favorite adventure story in novel form, The Count of Monte Cristo has proved to be the tale of choice for many. Although the interrelationships between its many characters are highly complex, the basic story line [...]

Raymond Chandler


Raymond Chandler Born July 23 (The Day of Uncertainty Resolvers) “The voice on the telephone seemed to be sharp and peremptory, but I didn’t hear too well what it said – partly because I was only half awake and partly because I was holding the receiver upside down. I fumbled it around and grunted. “ [...]

Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Born July 21 (The Day of Tragicomic Controversy) It is hard to imagine a writer who lived his life to the fullest more than Ernest Hemingway. His fabulous real-life adventures read like a novel, perhaps one reason why the novels he penned himself were not always of comparable quality to the experiences that [...]

Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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Yevgeny Yevtushenko Born July 18 (The Day of Conviction) The controversial Russian poet, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, has aroused a storm of controversy in his life. International in scope, he came out in support of other poets who in return supported him when attacked. Yevtushenko also emerged as a filmmaker-actor and for some years now has spent [...]

Isaac Babel

isaak babel

Isaac Babel Born July 13 (The Day of Taken Opportunity) The Ukranian-Jewish short-story writer, playwright and journalist Isaac Babel lived a highly exciting, persecuted and tortured life. Best known for his book of short stories entitled Red Cavalry, Babel wrote from his life experience, after being urged to do so by Maxim Gorky.  Strangely, this [...]

H. D. Thoreau and B. Fuller


Henry David Thoreau and Buckminster Fuller Born July 12 (The Day of the Persuasive Presence) Although born on the same day, July 12, Thoreau and Fuller were active in different centuries, the former in the 19th and latter in the 20th. Yet they met in a curious way when they were adopted by young revolutionaries [...]

Marcel Proust

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Marcel Proust Born July 10 (The Day of Passive-Active Duality) As George Steiner pointed out in his critical work entitled Real Presences, the author himself in his own writings probably makes the most profound observations about them, and therefore the comments of critics are really superfluous.  Thus, the most profound remarks about Shakespeare’s plays are [...]

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