I am part of a group called The Kraken, who are fans of novelist Russell Hoban (1925-2011). Every year on his birthday, February 4, the Kraken a great thing:
Each of us writes a Hoban quotation on yellow paper (yellow A4 paper figures in his books). Then we leave the paper in a public place—a bar, a bookstore, anywhere—and take a picture of it. The photos and quotations get posted to blogs, websites, and social media outlets.
As far as I know we are the only fans in the world who honor a writer this way.
This is my 2014 quotation:
Dr Jim Long was born in Pennsylvania, and sometimes when his mind is pedalling in busy circles he recalls a thing from his youth. He recalls a drink of water from a mountain spring in the Appalachians. He was hot and sweaty and tired when he came upon a stone trough with water flowing into it from an iron pipe. Cold sparkling mountain water filling the trough from an iron pipe that was beaded with droplets of condensation. There were leaves and sand and tiny crayfish in the bottom of the trough. He plunged his face into the water and drank the best drink he would ever have in his life. The leaves of the trees were stirring in the summer breeze. Everything was more than itself.
—Russell Hoban, Angelica Lost and Found, 2010
To find out more about this celebration and the man who is the reason for it, go to www.russellhoban.org