Im writing my life and focussing one chapter on 1980 It was the year I spent in Amsterdam. Since that time I started to work in film. James Cameron is basing his next feature on my life and using some of my art. Shooting starts November. I was short listed for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. 1980 is a long time ago and peoples memories become sketchy and fade. But believe it or not its all there people just cant find it. I am attempting to research through letters the internet interviews with friends of that period and journals what happened. Johannes Van Dam and Harry Mulish were two other people who featured in that year who were kind of famous. You may or may not remember our meeting. We sat together in the Mielkweg and spoke for an hour. If you write back Ill send you my memories and you can edit it. IF not Ill just write what I remember.
I was 23 cute and had long hair and i was painting. Maybe a photograph would help. Or maybe I was just a blur of another face. Whatever the case Enjoy the day and stay special and creative
all my best Dominic Ryan my website is www.thepeaceproject.com.au
I am afraid I have seen too many people in the course of all these years but wish you luck with this great project. if you need me for anything and it is feasibly possiblefor me to do please lets do it by email email@example.com and NOT by Facebook for instance. good luck
Monday, 01 August 2011 00:26 | Amsterdam
Hello Xaviera, it was very nice to meet you today at the Go-Gallery , hope to meet again some day, best regards from Anya & Jedidja x
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 03:22 | Canada
Xaviera, I bumped into you ( litterally ) circa 1975 or so while you were in Toronto, Canada with the Silver Fox. You went into a video arcade on Yonge. When you just got inside the building a shy and bashfull young soldier bumped into you as he turned around and knocked you on your butt. Well, that was me and I always wanted to say sorry but either couldn't say so or didn't know how. I hope you were not injuried. Again I apologized from the bottom of my heart. Sincerely Glenn
well as you can see I survived being bumped by you. I am now in my late sixties and never been busier or happier then right now . run a flourishing bed and breakfast and meeting all sorts of great people. maybe some day you show up at my doorstep this time less clumsy?
Friday, 01 July 2011 20:09 | central ny
dear xaviera do you know how many times I read your penthouse stories in one hand above my head and well you know thank you and be well
Saturday, 11 June 2011 08:35 | Hayward, California
I saw your lifestore on television. I used to read your letters in Penthouse. I have had a copy of the Happy Hooker since 1972.
I am honored to write you.
Monday, 30 May 2011 13:11
Dear Ms. Hollander,
I feel like I know you -- you were once a major part of my life. No, we've never met or corresponded, instead, it was your book "Happy Hooker" that helped me realize that it was okay and acceptable to not only be who I am (I am transgendered) but also to accept my own sexual tastes. That and that writing frankly and descriptively about sex was also acceptable. In short, you freed me.
Of course, no one can know anyone merely from a book, especially when it is a purloined one that they grabbed when they were thirteen years old and not supposed to be reading adult materials. But...your writing and later your columns and your other works all said the same thing: it's okay. That's important to know when you're young and you live in a repressive society like the old South of the US in the Bible Belt.
So thanks. Were it not for 'Happy Hooker' I'd have never had the courage to leave home in heels and a dress. Nor would I have had the courage to have the kinds of experiences those led to. Instead I would have been confused, closeted and very unhappy. That's a dangerous set of feelings when you belong to a demographic that has a 41% rate of attempted suicides.
I hope your life is a happy one these days, and I see you are still a very interesting person. As an adult, I can now appreciate the range of your tastes and influences, and I must say that they are impressive in their own right. We have much in common. Take care, and I hope you do not mind my fawning...I am not one given to writing fan letters, but in your case I felt it appropriate to offer gratitude.
Bisous, Tina Thompson
Sunday, 29 May 2011 18:49
For some reason I was thinking about you the other day, Xaviera. Remember Penthouse in London back in 1973? I was the editor of the UK edition. I'm a little older now but I still remember what fun you were.
those were the days my friend. Too bad that entire empire crumbled when Bob lost it all and was sacked as a sex adviser after 35 years, ah well back to beds.. with a flourishing bed and breakfast in Amsterdam and Spain and still hearing many tall tales from my visitors... ever come to Amsterdam? if so come and look me up.I know gucciones sons in the usa.. poor guy, BOB he recently died in agony and broke.
Monday, 23 May 2011 05:40 | Canada
Grazie , Merci, Thanks for existing Xaviera ! Thanks much for the emotions that I went trough during my teen years, while reading your books
Friday, 06 May 2011 03:33 | Florida, USA
I read your books back in the 70's, I'm going to get them all and read them again. I love you.
i think that will be a difficult task as so many of them are long sold out. if you check my webshop you will find the happy hooker still on sale as well as my favorite new book Child no more,... and a cute tip book with 69 tips i give to men on how to become a better lover. why not order these books and i will personally sign and dedicate them to you. love xaviera
David J. Tower
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 07:33 | Grand Rapids, MI, USA
I'm an English professor of almost exactly your age, so I couldn't give your website a 5 as that would not constitute any one of the Best Teaching Practices.
Just this week made reference to your name in class because several of my students are Hollanders...from Holland, MI of course. Irony is the spice of literature, yes?
You really helped me when I was younger. Wanted to thank you for that. Got me over the hump as it were, though that skirmish has yet to see a resolution.
Perhaps you will write back.
ah and I have had a fantastic love affair with an English professor from New York. It lasted for a year and we met each holiday session he was free to visit me in Holland. The many brainy and witty emails we sent were incredible: poetry, quotes, love songs... ah the fucking of the brain with words not only spoken but written was delightful. not the usual phoning and skyping... but written. send me some interesting thoughts to my personal email address firstname.lastname@example.org or do come and visit me in Amsterdam some time, it is so much closer than new york .; I presume you live in the uk. or am I wrong.I now produce UK language theater plays handpicked at the Edinburgh theater festival where i have gone to for the last 33 years, as well as run a fun bed and breakfast in Amsterdam