Time fills up with anniversaries, if we remember history long enough.
Today is This year marks the 30th anniversary of William Saroyan’s death (on May 18). A few hits on my post about his typewriter made me aware of the date.
There’s a nice tribute by Tom Vartabedian to the legacy of Saroyan, a man who loved books and who understood the value of knowledge, literature, a library, and what it means to be Armenian, at the Armenian Weekly.
An interesting guy, with interesting stories most often about one of our planet’s more interesting groups of people. In 1936 Saroyan wrote about the resiliency and vibrancy of Armenians, in Inhale and Exhale. One quote can be purchased from the William Saroyan Society on a poster:
I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia. See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.
30 years since he passed? Really?