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John Updike: John Hoyer Updike (March 18, 1932 – January 27, 2009) was an American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic.. American novelist poet short story writer art critic and literary critic

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Quote Left Lawrence had done it in a way, and Joyce. But I think it's an important thing to do now and then, to describe the sex act as our descent, or adventure, into a primordial or strange world, having very little to do with how we look in suits or what our educations have been. It's a well of darkness, as it were, that leaves you refreshed. Quote Right
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Quote Left What more fiendish proof of cosmic irresponsibility than a Nature which, having invented sex as a way to mix genes, then permits to arise, amid all its perfumed and hypnotic inducements to mate, a tireless tribe of spirochetes and viruses that torture and kill us for following orders? Quote Right
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Quote Left Our brains are no longer conditioned for reverence and awe. We cannot imagine a Second Coming that would not be cut down to size by the televised evening news, or a Last Judgment not subject to pages of holier-than-thou second-guessing in The New York Review of Books. Quote Right
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Quote Left Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity . . . any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about dong it right, or better. Quote Right
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Quote Left A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience. Quote Right
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