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" A Christian novelist tries to describe the world as it is. "
" My last vivid boyhood fright from books came when I was 15; I was visiting my uncle and aunt in Greenwich, and, emboldened by my success with 'The Waste Land,' I opened their copy of 'Ulysses.' The whiff of death off those remorseless, closely written pages overpowered me. So: back to soluble mysteries, and jokes that were not cosmic. "
" The essential support and encouragement comes from within, arising out of the mad notion that your society needs to know what only you can tell it. "
" To guarantee the individual maximum freedom within a social frame of minimal laws ensures - if not happiness - its hopeful pursuit. "
" Reagan has turned America into a tax haven. "
" Baseball skills schizophrenically encompass a pitcher's, a batter's and a fielder's. "
" A room containing Philip Roth, I have noticed, begins hilariously to whirl and pulse with a mix of rebelliousness and constriction that I take to be Oedipal. "
" I know more about what it's like to be elderly and infirm and kind of stupid, the way you get forgetful, but on the other hand I'm a littler, wiser, dare we say? The word 'wisdom' has kind of faded out of our vocabulary, but yeah, I'm a little wiser. "
" I like short stories. "
" By the time a partnership dissolves, it has dissolved. "
" Fiction is burdened for me with a sense of duty. "
" The writers we tend to universally admire, like Beckett, or Kafka, or TS Eliot, are not very prolific. "
" There is no pleasing New Englanders, my dear, their soil is all rocks and their hearts are bloodless absolutes. "
" The first author I met socially was Joyce Cary. "
" America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy. "
" Golf's ultimate moral instruction directs us to find within ourselves a pivotal center of enjoyment: relax into a rhythm that fits the hills and swales, and play the shot at hand - not the last one, or the next one, but the one at your feet, in the poison ivy, where you put it. "
" A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world. "
" Now that I am sixty, I see why the idea of elder wisdom has passed from currency. "
" Nature refuses to rest. "
" It is in middles that extremes clash, where ambiguity restlessly rules. "
" My actinic keratosis is a result of the triumphalism of the beach. The sun exacerbates it. "
" What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit. "
" My generation was maybe the last in which you could set up shop as a writer and hope to make a living at it. "
" Golf at its measured pace permits an electric excess of mental activity. "
" All cartoonists are geniuses, but Arnold Roth is especially so. "
" Thinking it over, I can't locate another artist in the Updike family. "
" We do survive every moment, after all, except the last one. "
" The rich - they just live in another realm, really. "
" My reading as a child was lazy and cowardly, and it is yet. I was afraid of encountering, in a book, something I didn't want to know. "
" Authors should be honored only for their works. "
" My father taught only math. "