John Updike citáty
Datum narození: 18. březen 1932
Datum úmrtí: 27. leden 2009
Další jména: Con Apdayk, John Hoyer Updike
John Hoyer Updike byl americký spisovatel a držitel Pulitzerovy ceny.
Citáty John Updike
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Zdroj: Self-Consciousness : Memoirs (1989), Ch. 6
Kontext: 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 overanimation. One can either see or be seen.
„It is easy to love people in memory; the hard thing is to love them when they are there in front of you.“
Zdroj: My Father's Tears and Other Stories
Zdroj: Self-Consciousness : Memoirs (1989), Ch. 3
— John Updike, kniha Rabbit at Rest
Rabbit at Rest (1990)
Kontext: Now nuns have blended into everybody else or else faded away. Vocations drying up, nobody wants to be selfless any more, everybody wants their fun. No more nuns, no more rabbis. No more good people, waiting to have their fun in the afterlife. The thing about the afterlife, it kept this life within bounds somehow, like the Russians. Now there's just Japan, and technology, and the profit motive, and getting all you can while you can.
Interview in New York Times Book Review (10 April 1977). later published in Conversations with John Updike (1994) edited by James Plath, p. 113
Kontext: I think “taste” is a social concept and not an artistic one. I’m willing to show good taste, if I can, in somebody else’s living room, but our reading life is too short for a writer to be in any way polite. Since his words enter into another’s brain in silence and intimacy, he should be as honest and explicit as we are with ourselves.
„It's no disgrace to, in the end, restore order. And punish the wicked and, in some way, reward the righteous.“
Salon interview (2000)
Kontext: In the old movies, yes, there always was the happy ending and order was restored. As it is in Shakespeare's plays. It's no disgrace to, in the end, restore order. And punish the wicked and, in some way, reward the righteous.
Salon interview (2000)
Kontext: It was true of my generation, that the movies were terribly vivid and instructive. There were all kinds of things you learned. Like the 19th century novels, you saw how other social classes lived — especially the upper classes. So in a funny way, they taught you manners almost. But also moral manners. The gallantry of a Gary Cooper or an Errol Flynn or Jimmy Stewart. It was ethical instruction of a sort that the church purported to be giving you, but in a much less digestible form. Instead of these remote, crabbed biblical verses, you had contemporary people acting out moral dilemmas. Just the grace, the grace of those stars — not just the dancing stars, but the way they all moved with a certain grace. All that sank deep into my head, and my soul.