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
Tilly van Dijk
Thursday, 21 April 2011 15:21 | Wezep
Lieve mooie Xaviera, want dat vind ik nog steeds. Ik heb ook even jouw mooie website bekeken en er van genoten. Ziet er heel erg verzorgd en smaakvol uit. Wat ontzettend lief en leuk dat je ons komt opzoeken en wij verheugen ons er op. Wij komen zeker een keer gebruik maken van je B&B als wij naar Amsterdam gaan. Hele lieve groet,,Tilly
zijn nu even een maandje aan het onthaasten in mijn villa in Marbella. prachtig weer en wakker worden met de vogeltjes in onze mooie tuin. check it out www.xavierahollander.com/villa-caprice we zien jullie 2 juli... tot dan. geniet van het heerlijke weer of valt dat alweer tegen in holland.
Friday, 15 April 2011 04:58 | altadena,ca
I absolutely love how beautiful and bold u are about everything if ever there was a chance for me to meet some one as famous n beautiful it would be you...you are the greatest inspiration in my life I LOVE U XAVIERA HOLLANDER.
well don't know how far away you are from Amsterdam but nowadays with an airplane you can reach the entire world in a few hours, you are most welcome to share your thoughts with me if and when we meet. I even give workshops in my bed and breakfast, or organize dinner parties cooked by my lovely man Philip.