SA4QE - The Slickman A4 Quotation Event

This fan event began in 2002 as a unique way of spreading the words of Russell Hoban. Every 4th February (Russell's birthday), readers around the world write their favourite quotations from his books on sheets of yellow A4 paper (the sort he used) and leave them in public places, and/or share them via this site or on social media with the hashtag #sa4qe

The most recent posts to this site are displayed below in descending order. See also the latest SA4QE tweets.

SA4QE 2014 - Brynaussie Gwenda - Sydney Australia, Australia

His birthday will always be a celebration for me and a time to introduce him to a new audience.  So I left my quote at Museum Station, Sydney.  A very old, very deep underground station which feels to be inhabited by so many trapped in the great vessel of the alone

“In the storm a safe place, a calm and wild place.  Oh the great secret.  The forever-moment that has always been and will always be, the centre to which the universe configures itself.  The magic place, the good blackness.  The dancing of the heat on the infinite sands, the pyramids, the ziggurats, the lightning and the sphinxes of it, the pleasant palaces and rainbows.  Now the satyrs are quiet and full-fed, now they sleep while the wild dogs howl.  Broken is the great vessel of the alone, the aloneness is all spilt out.  Broken the forty jars of silence wherein I crouched like forty dead thieves.  Broken, broken, broken the solitary madness where the lizard-men ran silent on the ceiling of my mind.  How they screamed and wept, how they dropped and one by one burst on the stone of Yes.  The Yes of the death of the lizard-men.”

"Broken is the great vessel of the alone, the aloneness is all spilt out."  I have always loved that imagery, my mind has seen what that looks like in all its glory.

Filed under Sydney Australia Australia Fremder

SA4QE 2014 - Yvonne Studer - Zürich, Switzerland

Actually, I am a serial "4Qater" with a history of annual relapses, but as I had had a very long day at work and felt out of steam, I decided to restrict my "4Qating" to my cover on Facebook. Wondering how to get into the mood, I grabbed my copy of Amaryllis Night and Day, opened it at a random page, and this is what the book gave me: "Right", she said. "The thing is to move your head out of its ordinary busy-busy mode and make a clear space for things to happen in..." (p. 59) Of course, thank you Amaryllis.

I printed the quotation on my last sheet of yellow A4 paper, placed the Klein bottle from Russ and a tiny kraken magnet on the sheet, took two photos and posted them to my Facebook page.

Happy "Russmas" to everyone! 

"Right", she said. "The thing is to move your head out of its ordinary busy-busy mode and make a clear space for things to happen in..."

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SA4QE 2014 - Nick Campbell - London, United Kingdom

I really wanted to do SA4QE properly this year. I've read about others doing it for years, and the best I managed was normally a bit of loose-leaf paper in Borders (that shows you how long ago that was) or a post on Facebook (pitiful). This year I was planning on dropping a couple of words (which sounds pleasingly like a metaphor for taking mind-altering drugs), but I had the idea of making bookmarks. I liked the thought that they were less likely to be thrown away, more likely to hang about. I like bookmarks. I cut up a yellow folder from Rymans and doodled on five of them, with three-ish different quotations. 

'We make fiction because we are fiction ... It lived us into being and it lives us still.'

I left one in a cafe in the BBC's Broadcasting House - something about news stories, transmission and the Shipping Forecast seeming to chime with Hoban's work. I left one in a copy of Kleinzeit in Foyles, one in the H's in Any Amount of Books, one peeking from between two Amaryllis Lost and Found's in Dulwich Library. But I am proudest of the words from The Medusa Frequency I left travelling up and down the Victoria line: the Underground being a strong motif in Hoban's work. At last I feel I properly participated! But isn't it strange to know whether anyone found one or not...?

Webmaster's note: follow the link below to Nick's own blog to see a full write-up, more photos and more quotations.

Filed under London United Kingdom The Medusa Frequency The Moment under The Moment

SA4QE 2014 - Ra McGuire - White Rock BC, Canada

Usually many walking men, and women, frequent this end of the beach (they call it East Beach, not to be confused with the other end - West Beach) but Russ's naming day was bitter cold, with a wind that necessitated three stones rather than the usual one. When I left the scene there was only a vigilant bear in attendance.

No lions in sight.

Happy Birthday Russ.

One assumes that the world simply is and is and is but it isn't, it is like music that we hear a moment at a time and put together in our heads. But this music, unlike other music, cannot be performed again.

Filed under White Rock BC Canada Pilgermann

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