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American writer, b.1932
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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“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?”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face. As soon as one is aware of being somebody, to be watched and listened to with extra interest, input ceases, and the performer goes blind and deaf in his over animation. One can either see or be seen.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“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.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“"Upon shaving off one's beard." The scissors cut the long-grown hair; the razor scrapes the remnant fuzz. Small-jawed, weak-chinned, bug-eyed, I stare at the forgotten boy I was.”
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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“I would rather have as my patron a host of anonymous citizens digging into their own pockets for the price of a book or a magazine than a small body of enlightened and responsible men administering public funds. I would rather chance my personal vision of truth striking home here and there in the chaos of publication that exists than attempt to filter it through a few sets of official, honorably public-spirited scruples.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“It was one of history's great love stories, the mutually profitable romance which Hollywood and bohunk America conducted almost in the dark, a tapping of fervent messages through the wall of the San Gabriel Range.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“He had a sensation of anxiety and shame, a sensitivity acute beyond usefulness, as if the nervous system, flayed of its old hide of social usage, must record every touch of pain.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Hemingway described literary New York as a bottle full of tapeworms trying to feed on each other”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“But for a few phrases from his letters and an odd line or two of his verse, the poet walks gagged through his own biography.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“The artist brings something into the world that didn't exist before and he does it without destroying something else”

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