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The Coffee Club - 10 authors addicted to coffee →
#The Coffee Club - 10 authors addicted to coffee
#international coffee day
29 September is International Coffee Day. The day is used to promote fair trade coffee and to raise awareness for the plight of coffee growers.
Authors have always had a lot to say about coffee. We took this excerpt about writers who loved their coffee from our post, Writers of Substance (Abuse) - Famous Writers and their Addictions.
The Coffee Club
- Honore de Balzac used to drink 50 cups of coffee a day. He woke at 1 am each day and wrote for seven hours. At 8 am he napped for 90 minutes, then wrote again from 9:30 to 4 pm. He said: ‘As soon as coffee is in your stomach, there is a general commotion. Ideas begin to move…similes arise, the paper is covered. Coffee is your ally and writing ceases to be a struggle.’
- Søren Kierkegaard had an interesting coffee ritual. He poured sugar into a coffee cup until it was piled up above the rim. Next came the incredibly strong, black coffee, which slowly dissolved the white pyramid. Then he gulped the whole thing down in one go.
- Voltaire was said to have drunk 30 - 40 cups of coffee (mixed with chocolate) every day.
- Gertrude Stein also loved coffee. She wrote: ‘Coffee gives you time to think. It’s a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup.’
- Benjamin Franklin had high standards for his coffee. He said: ’Among the numerous luxuries of the table…coffee may be considered as one of the most valuable. It excites cheerfulness without intoxication; and the pleasing flow of spirits which it occasions…is never followed by sadness, languor or debility.’
- Alexander Pope enjoyed coffee. He said: ‘Coffee, which makes the politician wise, and see through all things with his half-shut eyes.’
- Jean Jacques Rousseau said: ’Ah, that is a perfume in which I delight; when they roast coffee near my house, I hasten to open the door to take in all the aroma.’
- Dave Barry wrote: ‘It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.’
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was an enthusiastic coffee drinker.
- Jonathan Swift needed coffee at least once a week to write. He said: ‘The best Maxim I know in this life is, to drink your Coffee when you can, and when you cannot, to be easy without it. While you continue to be splenetic, count upon it I will always preach. Thus much I sympathize with you that I am not cheerful enough to write, for I believe Coffee once a week is necessary to that.’
If you like this, you will love our post from last year The Top 10 Quotes About Coffee
by Amanda Patterson
"If your structure is firm and solid enough, however strange, however unusual, they [readers] will be able to follow it. They will climb with you to the most unlikely places if they trust you, if the words give them the right footholds, the right handholds. That’s what I want my readers to do: I want them to come with me when we’re going mountain-climbing. This isn’t a walk through a theme park."
"Leaving any book store is hard, especially on a day in August, when the street outside burns and glares, and the books inside are cool and crisp to the touch; especially on a day in January, when the wind is blowing, the ice is treacherous, and the books inside seem to gather together in colourful warmth. It’s hard to leave a book store any day of the year, though, because a book store is one of the few places where all the cantankerous, conflicting, alluring voices of the world co-exist in peace and order and the avid reader is as free as a person can possibly be, because she is free to choose among them."
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."
Literary Birthday - 26 September
Happy Birthday, Minette Walters, born 26 September 1949
- When I set out to write my story, I did so with the absolute understanding that the people who read it would be intelligent.
- I have always been fascinated by the challenge that crime fiction represents to an author. I wanted to know if I could carry an intricate plot for 100,000 words, and keep readers guessing, while I was portraying characters under considerable tension.
- My two best working times are from early morning to about 1.30pm and then from about 5pm until 8pm or later.
- My major hobby and the way I always unwind is to decorate my house while listening to the many excellent BBC stations on the radio.
- The Ice House took me two years to write. a year for my agent to sell it and a year before it was published. By that time I had already finished The Sculptress. It takes me about a year to write a thriller now.
Walters is an English crime writer. She has written 15 books, five of which have been adapted for television, including The Sculptress, The Ice House, The Scold’s Bridle, The Echo, and The Dark Room.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write