Like the first page of a fresh calendar, the last page of an old calendar, and a new book in a particular series, some events come but once a year, and one of the more fortunate ones is a birthday. Many happy returns on this, your 46th, and we hope it and its successors treat you with all the kindness as can be expected from occasions without any ominous numerological significance whatsoever - though if you were to choose to embark on a new series of forty-six books, there are none here who would object.
Like the calm before a storm, we commit ourselves to a quieter tribute this year - a time to reflect on achievements past and anticipations future. Just as we say farewell to the incredible All the Wrong Questions, we turn our eyes on a new medium for A Series of Unfortunate Events, not to mention all the plans and mysteries yet undisclosed. All too often, a word that goes unspoken or whispered contains all the force and emotion of a cheer.
As much as we have enjoyed each previous year, we look forward all the more to the coming one; what is a good year, but one shared with a favourite author?
With all due respect,
All the members of 667 Dark Avenue, including the following:
Daniel Handler, Thanks for all you share with your readers. (This year I experienced Money Jungle, Grahme, Buzzati, and a Hangtown Fry. Also: finished ATWQs, reread "TheBasic Eight," and, surprisingly, discovered "Watch Your Mouth" as potentially my new Handler favorite.) Hope happiness finds you as you celebrate today, and continues to stalk you through this upcoming 47th year. Fondly, meinhard1
Last Edit: Feb 28, 2016 14:38:05 GMT -5 by meinhard1
Post by Stay-at-homet on Feb 28, 2016 15:13:58 GMT -5
I hope you have a brilliant day on this your 46th birthday (if it still is that day where you are - the globe moves in unfathomable ways, at least to those of us with a poor aptitude for Geography). I hope, and assume, that you're aware that you've brought immense amounts of joy into the hearts of readers everywhere, and kindled a life-long love of literature. I'm one of those readers, and thank you for that. My life would not be the same - not at all - if I hadn't read your books at a young age.
The Earth is now at the same point in its orbit around the Sun as it was when you left your mother's womb, and according to society, this is a reason to celebrate. When the world we live in is so full of misery and misfortune, even the most arbitrary cause for celebration should be latched on to and milked for all it can be. I hope you have had a very fun day.
so i just googled "interesting facts about the number 46" and i came across something truly intriguing... did you know that, in chemistry, 46 is the atomic number of palladium? i found this interesting because- i'm pretty sure- if you ingested enough palladium, you would die. and this may just be a coincidence (although i find it unlikely), but enough contact with the work of an author who's now turning 46 years old could possibly make one so miserable, that they too would die (or want to). furthermore, turning 46 (or any age after 40) likely brings on all sorts of dark thoughts about one's own mortality and inevitable death. and as if all that wasn't eerily coincidental enough, death is a very unfortunate topic to bring up when wishing someone a happy birthday, and the aforementioned author (aka you, Daniel Handler) has a whole series on Unfortunate Events! now, i don't want to freak you out or anything, but this has to mean that, somehow, the stars are aligned and this birthday will either be amazing or deeply deeply terrible. personally, i'm hoping for the former.
"Believing in something makes it happen. If you can achieve anything, then you can achieve your dreams and they can happen." - Connor Ratliff
"Some days, you feel like the world is against you. And everyone around you seems so mean and ugly. There are times I just burn with hate. In those times... I am ugly, too. I don't want to hate. I want to be kind, and waken the kindness in others." - Amy Jellicoe