John Updike and Not Me
By daniel on Jan 17, 2006
John Updike is quoted as saying Nobody else writes like Daniel Fuchs. I think of him as a natural – a poet who never had to strain after a poetic effect, .... Well, obviously John Updike is not talking about me, as you may already have gathered if you've been reading this blog.
I grew up in the south of France - in a little town of around 20,000 inhabitants - where the name Fuchs (pronounced Foox) was uncommon enough so that 1) nobody who discovered how to spell it would ever be able to pronounce it correctly afterwards, and 2) nobody who knew how to pronounce it was ever able to spell it correctly. At that time, it was mostly a lot of fun.
Then I learned that having an unspeakable - or unspellable name, depending on which form written, or spoken, was first known by your interlocutor, was not always an advantage. For instance it can prove to be quite a hassle when dealing with administrations - who will insist on calling you by squirrel noises, and deny vehemently that your name is already registered in their database.
But when you later discover what John Updike had to say about you... ;-)))