Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - John Updike

Our notable quotable and birthday boy today is
John Updike.

A little background on this American literary lion from the
Academy of Achievement:

Novelist, short story writer and poet, John Updike was one of America's premier men of letters. As a boy growing up on a farm in Pennsylvania, he suffered from psoriasis and a stammer, ailments that set him apart from his peers. He found solace in writing, and won a scholarship to Harvard, where he edited the Lampoon humor magazine. He sold his first poem and short story to The New Yorker shortly after graduation.
He won early fame with his novel Rabbit, Run (1960), and Pulitzer Prizes for two of its sequels, Rabbit is Rich (1981) and Rabbit at Rest (1990), chronicling the life of a middle class American through the social upheavals of the 1960s and beyond. Rabbit, Run and Couples (1968) both stirred controversy with their forthright depiction of America's changing sexual mores, and established his reputation as a peerless observer of the human complexity behind the facade of ostensibly conventional lives. His fiction, poetry and essays also show a persistent interest in moral and philosophical questions, informed by his lifelong interest in Christian theology.

And now, John Updike in his own words - provided today by

“The refusal to rest content, the willingness to risk excess on behalf of one's obsessions, is what distinguishes artists from entertainers, and what makes some artists adventurers on behalf of us all.”

“Sex is like money; only too much is enough.”

“Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.”

“Writing and rewriting are a constant search for what it is one is saying”

“We are most alive when we're in love.”

“Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.”

“What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.”

Cheers! - Jason

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