10-03-17

John Rechy, Joseph von Eichendorff, Hilde Van Cauteren, Jakob Wassermann, Karel van de Woestijne, Chloé Delaume, Friedrich Schlegel, Boris Vian, Manolis Anagnostakis

 

De Amerikaanse schrijver John Rechy werd geboren op 10 maart 1934 in El Paso, Texas. Zie ook alle tags voor John Rechy op dit blog.

Uit: Bodies and Souls

"Ten days before the slaughter on the freeways, and on an afternoon in late spring, early summer, Orin, Lisa, and Jesse James stood before the gates of an abandoned mansion on Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Many tourists milled about the notorious house. From behind the elaborate gates, burly guards stares at the game sweaters.
Although unpredictable, June is often murky, even cool; but a Southern California day can go through a mild version of the four seasons-the blue coolness of morning moving to sweaty warmth. Today in that seasonless month, a breeze containing a hint of heat kept the smog against the watery horizon of an azure sky.
“It reminds me of Tara in Gone with the Wind,” Lisa said. She had just turned eighteen. She had a prettiness saved from cuteness and nudged toward beauty by a full, sensual mouth.
She had cultivated a crooked half-smile like Lauren Bacall’s in To Have and Have Not.
You’re crazy,” Jesse James laughed. The jagged angles of his twenty-one-year-old face gave him a composite handsomeness his individual features did not possess. Under his cowboy hat, darkish hair licked his forehead. He opened another button of his shirt, exposing his chest to more sun. “Gone with the Wind had tall columns, and it sure didn’t have those statues.”
Beyond the iron-grill fencing of intricate fleurs-de-lis looping over stone-embossed walls, the mansion is painted green, smeared now by buried smoke. A large tree, killed by fire, lies over a long veranda. Statues of naked bodies line the cracked balustrade. muscular figures of men, curved bodies of women, almost life-size, once painted in flesh tones, with rosy lips and cheeks and eyelashed tinted eyes, and pubic hair, drawn black and realistic. Now the colored bodies are faded; only the painted hair over exposed genitals remains bold and dark. Defiantly the mansion faces the strip of coiffed grass that divides the wide boulevard as it curves and swerves along miles of green, flowered wealth and stops far away in Malibu at the frothing edge of the Pacific Ocean.”

 

 
John Rechy (El Paso, 10 maart 1934)
In 1963

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10-03-16

John Rechy, Joseph von Eichendorff, Friedrich Schlegel, Jakob Wassermann, Hilde Van Cauteren, Karel van de Woestijne

 

De Amerikaanse schrijver John Rechy werd geboren op 10 maart 1934 in El Paso, Texas. Zie ook alle tags voor John Rechy op dit blog.

Uit: City of Night

“And so Main Street is an anarchy where the only rule is Make It!
And the only reminders of the world beyond its boundaries are thepolicewagons that cruise the streets-the cops that pick you at random out of Hooper’s all-night coffee shop after 2:00 in the morning . The free jammed ride to the glasshouse for fingerprints...
Rock-n-roll sounds fill the rancid air.
This was the world I joined.
A couple of blocks away from Main Street, on Spring-squashed on either side by gray apartment buildings (walls greasy from days of cheap cooking, cobwebbed lightbulbs feebly hiding in opaque darkness, windowscreens if any smooth as velvet with grime-where queens and hustlers and other exiles hibernate)-just beyond the hobo cafeteria where panhandlers hang dismally outside in the cruel neonlight (fugitives from the owlfaces of the Salvation Army fighting Evil with no help from God or the cops; fugitives from Uplifting mission-words and lambstew) -is the 1-2-3.
Outside, a cluster of pushers gather like nervous caged monkeys, openly offering pills and maryjane thrills, and you see them scurrying antlike to consult with Dad-o, the Negro king of downtown smalltime pushers-and Dad-o, sitting royally at the bar like a heap of very black shiny dough, says yes or no arbitrarily.
And that is the way it is.
I saw Miss Destiny again one Saturday night at the 1-2-3. And that is when it swings.
“Oooee ...” she squealed. “I wondered where you were, baby, and I have thought about you-and thought, why hes gone already-Escaped! -and oh Im so glad youre not, and come here, I want you to meet my dear sistuhs and their boyfriends-” being, naturally, the downtown queens and hustlers who are Miss Destiny’s friends.”

 

 
John Rechy (El Paso, 10 maart 1934)
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10-03-15

John Rechy, Joseph von Eichendorff, Friedrich Schlegel, Jakob Wassermann, Hilde Van Cauteren, Karel van de Woestijne

 

De Amerikaanse schrijver John Rechy werd geboren op 10 maart 1934 in El Paso, Texas. Zie ook alle tags voor John Rechy op dit blog.

Uit: The Life and Adventures of Lyle Clemens

“A grand hotel, aptly named the Texas Grand Hotel, continued to assert a stubborn pride in its Spanish terra cotta architecture and its ornate dining room. Bonnie and Clyde stayed there one night-"before their bloodiest raid." So did Judy Garland and Clark Gable-"separately"-on their way to the mineral springs in the nearby City of Mineral Wells. The hotel remained almost guestless now, new travelers choosing to stay in one of several motels that border the main highway with sizzling electric signs.
During two occasions, the Texas Grand sprang to full life-when its chandeliered dining room was taken over for "big weddings" and when its rooms were occupied by evangelical preachers here for the twice-a-year Gathering of Souls, a loud, quivery orgy of sermons and healings held at the local Pentecostal Hall and later televised through a mega-network of stations headquartered at the Lord's Headquarters in Anaheim, California.
(…)

Lyle Clemens's journey to become the Mystery Cowboy who appeared naked on Hollywood Boulevard might be said to have begun years before his birth, perhaps during a certain time of the year when Eulah Love, Sylvia's mother, prepared to speak in tongues at the Gathering of Souls. An isolated unhappy woman with no friends, often glowering at her daughter as if she did not recognize her but was nevertheless angry at her, Eulah left her small house only to attend religious meetings, and when otherwise necessary. As if to underscore her drab existence, dry vines drooped over her house-a cluster of feeble green here and there struggling out-only in summer-in contrast to the tidiness of other houses nearby.
Why her mother was so hostile to her was a mystery to Sylvia from as far back as she could remember. Even an ordinary child's question would arouse her ire.
"Why did you name me Sylvia?"
"Because it's a name."
"Why is our last name Love?"
"Ha!" Eulah laughed without mirth.
Eulah's revival meetings terrified Sylvia and had made her wonder, at a very early age, what kind of God would inspire such frightening shrieks and trembling.”

 

 
John Rechy (El Paso, 10 maart 1934)

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10-03-14

John Rechy, Joseph von Eichendorff, Friedrich Schlegel, Jakob Wassermann, Hilde Van Cauteren, Karel van de Woestijne

 

De Amerikaanse schrijver John Rechy werd geboren op 10 maart 1934 in El Paso, Texas. Zie ook alle tags voor John Rechy op dit blog.

Uit: Coming of the Night

“There was also this to account for the sexual demand he welcomed. The day itself—the impression from last night had been confirmed—was ready for celebration, heated with those winds that were supposed to arouse tensions, and—he'd heard this—violence, but who wanted that? Whatever the truth, Jesse knew that the Sant'Anas charged the night with sexual fever.
And sex was everywhere!
There were hunky guys on every corner. You didn't even have to go home with a guy, if you didn't want to. There were cruisy places all over where you could make out, right there, all hours—bars, baths, even some streets—and you could move from one person to another, have several at the same time. Not that he wouldn't ever want to go home with one guy again. Sure, that was fine, having sex several times with one person—or two—but there was a time for that, and a time when you needed more.
Music—that's what would start this magical day on its way. He riffled among his collection of albums. Van Halen—which song? "Everybody Wants Some." True, and more than some. "Loss of Control." Yes!
The agitated strum of a guitar, a howl or a siren, laughter—a bomb or a roaring motorcycle. His sweat-stained briefs pasted to his body, he gyrated to the record's opening explosion. Who needed control?
Without altering his fast rhythm, he let the next song play out its funky tune, about—what else?—love, love turning tragic.
Tragic? Who needed tragic.
He stopped the record abruptly. He needed something else to set this special day on its way—the song he'd danced to, and shouted out phrases from, when it first came out last year, the beginning of the eighties, the beginning of his life. The song's words had seemed to announce the vista opening before him—of bars, sex, dancing, sex, great times, sex, partying, sex, great sex, sex— Ugh for straight music, with all those sappy songs. The stuff they played in gay bars said something, really told it, knew what it was all about. He found the album, the song he was looking for, Kool and the Gang and "Celebration." All right!”

 

 
John Rechy (El Paso, 10 maart 1934)
Eind jaren 1960

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10-03-13

John Rechy, Joseph von Eichendorff, Friedrich Schlegel, Jakob Wassermann, Hilde Van Cauteren

 

De Amerikaanse schrijver John Rechy werd geboren op 10 maart 1934 in El Paso, Texas. Zie ook alle tags voor John Rechy op dit blog.

 

Uit: Coming of the Night

 

“He was usually alone. By choice. Sure he had friends, lots of them, lots of invitations to parties, but that often put him in a bad situation. Guys he was not attracted to were attracted to him. Those he did have sex with wanted to get together again, and he preferred variety.

There was another reason for his choice to be a loner. He didn't want guys he went with to know more about him than they needed to know, and that was that he was hot. All he required of his sex partners was that they be lusty-he liked that word-and want what he wanted.

Existing only as you appeared to be-that was another great thing possible in the gay world of cruising. You didn't have to waste time talking, except to make arrangements about getting together. He loved being a terrific fantasy figure. So why mix things up with identities that didn't matter? Yes, he'd figured life out-gay life, there was no other.

Jesse welcomed the perspiration that had moistened his shorts and outlined his cock-and especially, he knew as he stood, his buttocks, indenting the crack. He touched himself there and closed his eyes-imagining.

He forced himself not to think now about tonight. He didn't want to ruin his plan by getting too aroused alone. That would be a waste. Ugh.

What had triggered this huge desire?

It wasn't unusual for him to feel horny, especially on weekends. Had his plan originated last weekend when he met two hunky guys and went home with them? He had been fucked by both, several times. They took turns entering him, assuming a wonderful rhythm, a couple of thrusts, and then it was the other's turn for a few more thrusts. There had been hardly a moment that he didn't have a cock in him, and the brief seconds without added even more sensation when they ended. The two guys had lain back, prone, face up, legs spread, butt against butt, cocks pressed together to form one doubled erection, and he'd lowered himself over it, tantalizing the two guys into believing he would attempt to take them both into him-and he thought about it-but he just remained there, two straining cock-heads quivering at his ass, titillating the downy hairs there. He pushed himself into one of the cocks and then immediately into the other and both guys came in him-wow!-but when he left their house, he felt lustier-and went with another guy and kept wishing for two.”

 

 

John Rechy (El Paso, 10 maart 1934)

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10-03-12

John Rechy, Joseph von Eichendorff, Friedrich Schlegel, Jakob Wassermann, Hilde Van Cauteren

 

De Amerikaanse schrijver John Rechy werd geboren op 10 maart 1934 in El Paso, Texas. Zie ook alle tags voor John Rechy op dit blog.

 

Uit: Coming of the Night

 

„Jesse—"the kid"—woke with one thought on his mind. Today he would do something wild to celebrate one glorious year of being gay—and it was great to be gay and young and good-looking and hot. Of course, his designation of "one year" was not exact. He had been gay from the time he became aware of sex—early—and he had turned twenty-two three days ago, but the celebration he planned came from the fact that he had been able to go into gay bars only for that long. Not that he'd been idle before that. He had had his share of sexual encounters. This special day, his strategy formed, he would charge himself up from morning to earlier night. He would not come until deepest night, and then he would be the hottest ever.

Wild!

In his bedroom in his neat apartment in a court of units surrounding a pool in West Hollywood, Jesse became hard thinking about the prospect. He sat on the edge of his bed wearing only white briefs, now being punched by his aroused cock.

Depending on how he dressed, combed his hair, he could look eighteen, if he wanted. Often, in bars, he would be asked for identification. He was very good-looking—and, even better than that, spectacularly "cute," a description he welcomed, along with being called "Kid Jesse." That made him sound like a young outlaw, although, someone once pointed out, he must be confusing Billy the Kid with Jesse James.

Still boyish, but not in the least bit "fem," he was neither tall nor short. His blue eyes were rendered clearer by dark eyelashes, and his streaked blond hair was just long enough to allow an occasional strand to fall over his forehead. Thank God femmish long hair was going out of style among gay guys. Checking himself out in the mirror of a bar, he knew he looked sensational.

An expert gymnast in school, he did not work out with weights, like other gay men were doing. He ran, biked, swam. That kept his body tight, fabulously defined. He ate only good healthful food, didn't do drugs, and he slept a full eight hours each night, except, of course, when, real late, the cruising just kept getting better. He had a natural glow that courted a perfect tan in summer—now. The tan accentuated glistening hairs that coated his legs, which he showed off by wearing shorts as long as the weather allowed, into the beginning of winter, and even during winter in Southern California.“

 

 

John Rechy (El Paso, 10 maart 1934)

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28-07-11

Stephan Sanders, Shahyar Ghanbari, John Ashbery, Drew Karpyshyn, Collin Higgins, Józef Ignacy Kraszewski, Hilde Van Cauteren

 

De Nederlandse schrijver, columnist, presentator en essayist Stephan Sanders werd geboren in Haarlem op 28 juli 1961. Zie ook mijn blog van 28 juli 2008 en ook mijn blog van 28 juli 2009 en ook mijn blog van 28 juli 2010

 

Uit: Kleurling

 

„Of eigenlijk moet ik het anders vertellen:

Paramaribo is de stad waarmee ik voor het eerst werd geconfronteerd in Amsterdam, toen ik daar als 17-jarige student net was komen wonen. In een avondwinkel werd ik aangesproken door een mij vriendelijk toeknikkende man, die iets aardigs tegen mij zei, dat jammer genoeg ook onverstaanbaar was. Hij zei het nog een keer, iets luider, en ik begon van de schrik maar eens in het Engels terug te praten. “Ben jij geen Surinamer dan?” vroeg hij uiteindelijk beteuterd. Ik geloof dat hij dat vooral sneu vond voor mij, zo’n niet-blanke jongen in Nederland, die niet eens de geringste notie had van het

Sranan.

Paramaribo is dus de stad die ik in Amsterdam heb leren kennen, vooruitlopend op een later bezoek, en Nederlandse Surinamers hebben me sindsdien zo’n beetje geadopteerd als een van hen. Ze herkende mij als een ‘rode neger’ en besloten dat ik precies leek op een neef of achterneef die ook nog ergens in de familie rondzwierf. Ik paste daar moeiteloos bij.

Ik vond dat deel van ze, want Nederlanders zijn, zeker de laatste tijd niet zo scheutig met het delen van hun nationaliteit.

En toen kreeg ik een Surinaamse geliefde, een man van mijn leeftijd die op achtduizend kilometer afstand van mij is opgegroeid, en die precies dezelfde kinderrijmpjes heeft geleerd. Ook een bruine man, ook in het Nederlands gedrenkt, als een onbekend broertje op afstand.

Inmiddels ben ik vaak in Paramaribo geweest. De laatste keer dat ik er was, liet ik mij ontvallen dat het straatbeeld me zo aan Kaapstad deed denken. Ik bedoel niet de vier- of zesbaans autowegen die Kaapstad kent en die in Paramaribo zo goed als afwezig zijn; niet de gebouwen van downtown Capetown, waarbij Paramaribo provinciaal afsteekt. Ik bedoel de mensen, het overheersende beeld van allerlei soorten bruin op straat (licht-, middel-, donker-bruin), de onnavolgbare raciale mixen die je op de markt tegenkomt, in busjes.“

 

 

Stephan Sanders (Haarlem, 28 juli 1961)

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10-03-11

Hilde Van Cauteren

 

De Vlaamse dichteres Hilde Van Cauteren werd geboren 10 maart 1967 Hamme. Van Cauteren studeerde aan Sint-Lucas in Gent en werkte een aantal jaren in lager en middelbaar onderwijs. Zij was jarenlang vrijwillig lesgever bij verschillende verenigingen. Daarnaast is Hilde Van Cauteren (voor Groen!) actief bezig met lokale politiek. Van Cauteren schrijft behalve poëzie ook proza. Zij is lid van de dichtersgroep Pazzi di Parole en behaalde met haar gedichten verschillende nominaties en prijzen. Voor de jeugd schreef zij „Het Naveltheater“, een roman over theater, vrijheid en gelijke rechten.

 

 

Verbeter mij

 

want men zei me dat ik een meisje was
en vroeg me of ik daar blij mee was
en of ik dan alle dagen op tijd
voor het eten zou zorgen.

 

En men zei dat ik onderdanig was
en geneigd om te volgen en dat ik
zou vloeien. Met regelmaat, en discreet
onder mijn rokken. Verbeter mij

 

want ik heb een naakte achterkant,
een rusteloos profiel en ik durf
op tafel slaan, zonder dat er deeg
ligt om te kneden, en ik kijk niet

 

altijd naar beneden. Verbeter mij,
als mijn blik te wild wordt of mijn tong
te scherp. Als de onrust van het vlees
mijn zinnen binnen dringt, verbeter mij.

 

Van bloed maak ik vruchten.
Dat kan niet te vertrouwen zijn.

 

 

 

Hilde Van Cauteren (Hamme, 10 maart 1967)

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