Waiting for Zacappa.com

All I know is what the words know, and dead things, and that makes a handsome little sum, with a beginning and a middle and an end, as in the well-built phrase and the long sonata of the dead.

Samuel Beckett, from Brainy Quote

“Play it (again), Sam”
Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

Samuel Beckett has only nine quotations, most of them from Waiting for Godot. We miss his remark about what it will be like in the afterlife: “We’ll sit around talking about the good old days, when we wished that we were dead.”

Read the full article By Louis Menand on the Yale Book of Quotations, edited by Fred Shapiro at The New Yorker

from Zacappa

Here’s a blog that compiles “a collection of quotes, anecdotes, trivia, top 10 listings and other noteworthy messages that surround the world of fiction -and its writers.”

The title, by the way, is apparently a misspelling of the name of a town in Guatemala, as well as a kind of rum made in the region. (“Zac,” the author of the About page, claims to have the correct spelling, but I don’t know why.)

It’s a good idea but it doesn’t seem to be updated as often as it might. Still, it’s a fun place to visit now and again. I am not sure that the quote I found on Brainy Quote is included in the Yale Book, but it should be.

About Ray Watkins

I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I grew up in Houston, as a part of what we only half-jokingly call the Cajun Diaspora. At a certain point during the Regan administration, I had to leave, so I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines, from 1987-89. I didn't want to return to the United States just yet, so I moved to Paris, France, where I lived for three years or so. I then moved back to Austin, Texas, where I had received my Masters Degree, and (eventually) began a Ph.D., which I completed in 1999. I spent a year at Temple University and then accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University where I worked until May of 2006. I now work exclusively on line (although that may change) for Johns Hopkins, the Art Institute Online, and Smarthinking.com. I can be reached most easily via email: raywatkins [that 'at' symbol] writinginthewild.com

One Thought on “Waiting for Zacappa.com

  1. Hi Ray,
    thanks for the kind words on Zacappa. The site has experienced a minor depression, we’re heading towards more glorious times -again.
    Hope to see you there more often. in the meantime, I will stroll around writinginthewild.


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