Fortunes


1. Oscar Wilde


2. Thomas Hardy, from Jude the Obscure


3. Dashiell Hammett, from The Maltese Falcon


4. Delmore Schwartz, from poem of the same name


5. Mark Twain


6. Sarah Vowell, from the story “Mix Tape” in Take the Cannoli


7. Seamus Heany, first two lines of the poem “Digging”


8. David Remnick, from “Reporting It All: A. J. Liebling at one hundred” published in the March 29, 2004 New Yorker: “Liebling so enjoyed himself at the offices of The New Yorker, where he worked for twenty-eight years, that he could be heard humming and snorting with laughter as he pulled the sheets from his typewriter and read them over. He knocked himself out, if he did say so himself.”


9. Michael Almereyda, interviewed in the April 18, 2004 New York Times about his movie, “This So-Called Disaster: Sam Shepard Directs ‘The Late Henry Moss.’”


10. Virginia Woolf, from To the Lighthouse


11. Archilochos, trans. Guy Davenport

The poem in its entirety:

My ash spear is my barley bread,

My ash spear is my Ismarian wine.

 

I lean on my spear and drink.


12. John Berryman, from the poem “Damned” in Love & Fame


13. George Carlin


14. W. Somerset Maugham, from Of Human Bondage


15. Rita Rudner


16. Will Rogers


17. Miles Davis


18. Bertrand Russell


19. Steven Wright


20. James Thurber


21. Confucius


22. Dave Barry


23. Peter DeVries


24. Winston Churchill


25. Douglas Adams


26. W. H. Auden


27. Fran Leibowitz


28. Henry Sambrooke Leigh


29. William Cowper


30. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


31. Clarence Darrow


32. Robert Orben


33. Erica Jong


34. Pearl Bailey


35. Abraham Lincoln

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36. Peter Ustinov

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