80! - The Booklet of the Russell Hoban Some-Poasyum

Aunty's got the chops for it

Kong, a short fellow, sits, remembering his life after reading the obituary of Fay Wray. Aunty is always there.

AUNTY “What’s the matter?”

KONG “Aunty-matter!”

AUNTY “It looks like someone’s bitten me to it.”

KONG “I never had one, only the idea of one.”

AUNTY “So how you gonna do it with Aunty?”

KONG “Do it with the idea of me.”

AUNTY “I’ve done it with big ones, small ones, but never a kein pimmel.”

KONG “Kein, klein, what’s the difference?”

AUNTY “I need something for upping the Aunty.”

KONG “A stiff idea.”

AUNTY “I think we both need a stiff one!”

KONG “Mine’s a Glenfiddich.”

AUNTY “Mine too, bottoms up.”

KONG “Up yours!” 

“Then, like a kraken huge and black, She crushed our ribs in her iron grasp” - Longfellow, The Cumberland 

Tim Haillay, 7 November 2004 

80 at 80: 80 reasons why we’re celebrating Russell Hoban’s 80th birthday

55. Elective affinity.

56. There is no better navigator through this strangeness called life.

57. He makes you notice and care about things that matter, however inexplicable, ungraspable and nameless they may be.

58. His characters know how to open cans of joie de vivre in emergencies and their canyengue in the mind is infectious.

59. Time and again you learn that losing and finding are necessary stages of the same process.

60. He’s a fabulous writer, innovative, humorous, true to detail, and down to earth despite all the supernatural, surreal or mystical twists in his plots.

61. He made Neaera say: “No one could make me freer by putting me somewhere else. I had as much as the turtles: myself. At least I too could die on the way to where I wanted to be.”

62. Words to live by. 


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