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I think of evolution as a myth, like the Norse myths, the Greek myths - anybody's myths. But it was created for a rational age.

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I can remember that on the shelves at home, there were these books by Thomas Wolfe. 'Look Homeward Angel' and 'Of Time and the River.' 'Of Time and the River' had just come out when I was aware of his name. My parents had a hard time convincing me that he was no kin whatsoever. My attitude was, 'Well, what's he doing on the shelf, then?

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The attitude is we live and let live. This is actually an amazing change in values in a rather short time and it's an example of freedom from religion.

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This is the artist, then, life's hungry man, the glutton of eternity, beauty's miser, glory's slave.

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Driving a stock car does not require much handling ability, at least not as compared to Grand Prix racing, because the tracks are simple banked ovals and there is almost no shifting of gears. So, qualifying becomes a test of raw nerve - of how fast a man is willing to take a curve.

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There are some people who have the quality of richness and joy in them and they communicate it to everything they touch. It is first of all a physical quality: then it is a quality of the spirit.

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There has been a time on earth when poets had been young and dead and famous - and were men. But now the poet as the tragic child of grandeur and destiny had changed. The child of genius was a woman, now, and the man was gone.

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I had always looked down on sociology as this arriviste discipline. It didn't have the noble history of English and history as a subject. But once I had a little exposure to it, I said, 'Hey, here's the key. Here's the key to understanding life and all its forms.'

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Working on newspapers, you're writing to a certain length, often very brief pieces: you tend to look for easy forms of humor - women can't drive, things like that. That's about the level of a lot of newspaper humor. It becomes a form of laziness.

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