13 May


by Kurt Trampedach

Of all the things a man may do, sleep probably contributes most to keeping him sane. It puts brackets about each day. If you do something foolish or painful today, you get irritated if somebody mentions it, today. If it happened yesterday, though, you can nod or chuckle, as the case may be. You’ve crossed through nothingness or dream to another island in Time.

Roger Zelazny, born on 13 May 1937, Sun in Taurus, Moon in Cancer, Ascendant in Pisces, American science-fiction writer.

The universe did not invent justice. Man did. Unfortunately, man must reside in the universe.

The absence of a monument can, in its own way, be something of a monument also.


Other celebrities born today:

Kurt Trampedach, born on 13 May 1943, Sun in Taurus and Moon in Virgo, Danish painter.

Zeruya Shalev, born on 13 May 1959, Jewish writer.

The word amen, which found its way from Judaism into Christianity and Islam, crossing cultures and continents, borders and chasms, is in fact an acronym of the Hebrew phrase ‘el melech ne’eman.’ Spoken in response to a blessing, it means: the words of the blessing are true and may they come to pass…Since that word is so universal, it symbolizes for me, much as literature does, everything that we, all of humanity, have in common despite the differences in our way of thinking, in our faith, and our inner and outer landscapes, the living, quivering hope of every human being for forgiveness, salvation, mercy. And so I think that even the very fact of its existence is comforting, although all our wishes may not come true.