John Updike

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I like short stories.

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Publishers are looking for blockbusters - all the world loves a megaseller.

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My generation was maybe the last in which you could set up shop as a writer and hope to make a living at it.

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John Updike

   Hope
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New York is a city with virtually no habitable public space - only private spaces expensively maintained within the general disaster.

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My complaint, as an exile who once loved New York and who likes to return a half-dozen times a year, is not that it plays host to extremes of the human condition: There is grandeur in that, and necessity.

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I think you remember certain phrases from bad reviews. You don't remember all the bad reviews.

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Golf at its measured pace permits an electric excess of mental activity.

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Bookstores are lonely forts, spilling light onto the sidewalk. They civilize their neighborhoods.

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John Updike

   Light
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When I went away to college, I marveled at the wealth of bookstores around Harvard Square.

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New York is, of course, many cities, and an exile does not return to the one he left.

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The study of literature threatens to become a kind of paleontology of failure, and criticism a supercilious psychoanalysis of authors.

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John Updike

   Failure
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Somehow, it is hard to dislike a man once you have played a round of golf with him.

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I'm a dull person.

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In tennis, there is the forehand, the backhand, the overhead smash and the drop volley, all with a different grip.

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For whatever crispness and animation my writing has I give some credit to the cartoonist manque.

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John Updike

   Writing
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Authors should be honored only for their works.

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The rich - they just live in another realm, really.

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A Christian novelist tries to describe the world as it is.

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For a long time, I was under the impression that 'Terry and the Pirates' was the best comic strip in the United States.

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I see no intrinsic reason why a doubly talented artist might not arise and create a comic-strip novel masterpiece.

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   Artist