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 Back‘ ,… Continue reading Shed Simove

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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… Continue reading My Muse

You are no sonnet

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… Continue reading You are no sonnet

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… Continue reading Alexandre Dumas, Sr.

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Raymond Chandler

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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. “… Continue reading Raymond Chandler

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Ernest Hemingway

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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… Continue reading Ernest Hemingway

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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… Continue reading Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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Isaac Babel

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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… Continue reading Isaac Babel

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H. D. Thoreau and B. Fuller

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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… Continue reading H. D. Thoreau and B. Fuller

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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… Continue reading Marcel Proust

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Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Nathaniel Hawthorne Born July 4 (The Day of the Group Representative) Born on America’s national holiday, The Day of the Group Representative, the short story writer and novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne was typical in many ways of the 19th century Romantic American authors that included Emerson, Thoreau, Melville, Poe, Twain, Walt Whitman and Stephen Crane.  In… Continue reading Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hermann Hesse

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Born July 2 (The Day of the Disconnected Unconscious) When Herman Hesse died in 1962 he could not have realized how important his books would become for a whole generation of young  people growing up only a few years later. In some ways the true prophet of the 1960’s and the revolutionary spirit of the… Continue reading Hermann Hesse

Oriana Fallaci

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Born June 29 (The Day of Airborne Dreamers) Mainly a journalist, Oriana Fallaci achieved her greatest fame through books that were not primarily literary documents. A Man, her best-known work, is really a memoir written about the Greek political activist Alexandros Panagoulis. Her other important books, such as The Rage and the Pride were newspaper… Continue reading Oriana Fallaci

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Pearl Buck

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June 26 (The Day of Stamina) With the opening of China to the world in modern times, and the intense interest in the emerging power of that country on the world stage, it is natural to look back and rediscover the writings of those who first helped the West come to an understanding of the… Continue reading Pearl Buck

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Alfred Kinsey

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Born June 23 (The Day of Interpersonal Enchantment) Before Kinsey published his two important books, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953) the subject of sex was largely taboo. Although not a creative artist, Kinsey is included here because of his tremendous influence on cultural values and… Continue reading Alfred Kinsey

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Dan Brown

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Born June 22 (The Day of Romantic Exaltation) One of the bestselling authors of all time, total sales of Brown’s books probably push up daily toward 100 million.  What is the reason for this phenomenal commercial success of books dealing with esoteric and arcane material? In his books The Da Vinci Code and Angels and… Continue reading Dan Brown

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Jean-Paul Sartre

Born June 21 (The Day of Worldly Rapture) Probably the dominant French intellectual of the 20th century, Sartre was not an ivory tower philosopher but one who brought his philosophy to the people and took his stand on political issues. It is impossible to imagine that century without him (he was born in 1905 and… Continue reading Jean-Paul Sartre

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Salman Rushdie

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Born June 19 (The Day of The Spark) In this case the spark that Rushdie generated with his controversial, some would say inflammatory novel, The Satanic Verses, almost succeeded in physically blowing him up. A book bomb which was to be mailed to him did however manage to destroy the bomb maker along with two… Continue reading Salman Rushdie

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