Literary Birthday – 5 March – Mark Z. Danielewski

Happy Birthday, Mark Z. Danielewski, born 5 March 1966.


  1. Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.
  2. Maturity, one discovers, has everything to do with the acceptance of ‘not knowing’.
  3. At the breakfast table we are footnoting everything that we read. We don’t recognise it as such but we encounter an article in the newspaper and then suddenly we recall that a friend had a certain comment on that particular story, a certain bit of news that we saw on the television applies to that and we immediately assemble an idea of a story.
  4. I’m a big believer in big books, and that doesn’t necessarily mean long books.
  5. My interest is in how meaning is communicated via language, and I believe the shape, positioning, even the colour of the language has an effect on meaning.
  6. Literature is capable of being a subject that people want to catch up on or discuss, whether at a coffee shop or a watercooler. It can become an intrinsic part of their dialogue.
  7. Write what you love. Love will hold you through the hard times and hold the world during the good times.

Mark Z. Danielewski is an American fiction author. He is known for his debut novel House of Leaves, which won the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. His second novel, Only Revolutions, was nominated for the National Book Award. He wrote the novella The Fifty Year Sword, and his latest book is The Little Blue Kite. Follow him on Twitter: @markdanielewski

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 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 4th March 2020