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John Hoyer Updike (1932 –2009) (Reminds me of my office -- if only I was as prolific as he was!)

John Updike shows us that writers need to have fun!

John Updike, ca. 1965 The sheen of my sandals is dulled by the dust of cloves. My wings are waxed with nectar. My eyes are diamonds in whose facets red gold is mirrored. My face is a mask of ivory: Love me. Listen to my promises. -John Updike, "Archangel"

“It is easy to love people in memory; the hard thing is to love them when they are there in front of you.” ― John Updike, My Father's Tears and Other Stories. uncredited photo.

NEW YORK—Marilyn Monroe on Long Island, 1955. © Eve Arnold / Magnum Photos

“This I believe: That the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.” ~ John Steinbeck

John Irving... the best writer! Photo courtesy of WikiCommons Media.

John Steinbeck to write such realist novels in a thoroughly depressed and later war torn time in American literature and capture the social injustices.

If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another. The formula seems to lie solely in the aching urge of the writer to convey something he feels important to the reader. For a bad story is only an ineffective story - John Steinbeck

“Most of our lives are basically mundane and dull, and it’s up to the writer to find ways to make them interesting.”—John Updike

John Steinbeck by Philippe Halsman, 1953