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The prevalence of flight-seeing tours in and around the Grand Canyon... should be tolerated by no one. I look forward to the day when all river runners carry, as part of their standard equipment, a surface-to-air missile launcher armed with heat-seeking missiles.
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"At last the sun touched the skyline, merged with it for a moment in a final explosive blaze of light an heat and sank out of sight
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John Updike: our greatest suburban chic-boutique man of letters. A smug and fatal complacency has stunted his growth beyond hope of surgical repair. Not enough passion in his collected works to generate steam in a beer can. Nevertheless, he is considered by some critics to be America's finest *living* author: Hold a chilled mirror to his lips and you will see, presently, a fine and dewy moisture condensing--like a faery breath!--upon the glass.
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I like the smell of oil, grease, gasoline--and gunfire.
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We live in the kind of world where courage is the most essential of virtues; without courage, the other virtues are useless.
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