28
Jan
09

Run, Rabbit, Run

Oh, Mr. Updike (March 18, 1932 – January 27, 2009), we’ll sorely miss thee…

RIP, Good Mr. Updike

Just adding my wee voice to the worldwide cortege. Lest we forget why we love him so, here is a children’s treasury of quotations by the great writer, poet, thinker, man:

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A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people’s patience.

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.

A narrative is like a room on whose walls a number of false doors have been painted; while within the narrative, we have many apparent choices of exit, but when the author leads us to one particular door, we know it is the right one because it opens.

America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.

Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no longer be worn.

Being naked approaches being revolutionary; going barefoot is mere populism.

Each morning my characters greet me with misty faces willing, though chilled, to muster for another day’s progress through the dazzling quicksand the marsh of blank paper.

Every marriage tends to consist of an aristocrat and a peasant. Of a teacher and a learner.

For male and female alike, the bodies of the other sex are messages signaling what we must do, they are glowing signifiers of our own necessities.

Sex is like money; only too much is enough.

Existence itself does not feel horrible; it feels like an ecstasy, rather, which we have only to be still to experience.

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