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 - 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..."

Filed under Zürich Switzerland Amaryllis Night and Day

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

SA4QE 2017 - Roland Clare - Bristol, United Kingdom

I chose a random Hoban novel, and opened it at random, and used as much as I could fit on an A4 page.

 

from Mr Rinyo-Clacton’s Offer
 – Russell Hoban –


I took the Edgware Road train to Notting Hill Gate and the Central Line from there to Chancery Lane. The afternoon reality was a low-budget sort of thing I wasn't sure that everything I saw even had a back to it. None of the people in the underground had speaking parts and many of the faces were blank. The Grays Inn Road scenery had been done without much detail – a shop that sold second-hand office furnishings and another that cut keys were fairly realistic but I doubted that the doors actually opened and closed. The Morgenstern building was a little more convincing – a pseudo-Bauhaus thing with practical glass doors.

The security man at the reception desk looked me over critically but I brazened it out, signed in, and took the lift to the third floor. ‘Jonathan Fitch to see Jim Reilly,’ I said to the smart young woman who greeted me. She asked me if I'd like a coffee, I said yes, and she showed me to a conference room filled with business-grade sunlight.

 

Jim Reilly appeared shortly; he looked and sounded pretty much like me. There are probably a lot of people in the potential-realising-and-maximising business who look and sound like us – decent, clean-cut types with good teeth, firm handshakes, and clear eyes that don't blink too much. Jim had about two kilos of bumph under his arm which he laid on the dark and shining table. He took a sheet from the top and handed it to me. ‘I put together a little agenda here,’ he said, ‘of the points I'd like to cover in this first meeting.’ […]

 

My eyes travelled down the agenda but my mind had already fixed on Point 3: CLIENT OBJECTIVES! Did I have any, and what were they? The smart young woman brought in coffee and I drank it while Jim Reilly went on for quite a long time like a TV with the sound turned off. Every now and then he paused to remove some of the papers from the top of the two kilo stack and place them before me while I nodded or tilted my head to one side appreciatively and made such verbal responses as my mouth could manage. Objectives!


Celebrating the late, great writer’s 89th birthday
http://www.russellhoban.org/

No particular theme, or relevance, to the locations ... but lots of sellotape this year, so ... weather permitting ... they should remain for a while.

Happy Russmas to one and all !

Filed under Bristol United Kingdom Mr Rinyo-Clacton's Offer

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