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“Authenticity can be overrated, especially in a rabid conservative.”

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source: “Fed Up With the Author of ‘Fed Up!’?” New York Times, September 24, 2011.

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“All those trashy special effects and miniatures that you see in Hollywood movies have caused audiences to lose trust in their eyes. Here, in my film, they are given back trust in their own eyes. When the boat goes up the mountain, people look at the screen, looking for something to tell them it’s a trick, but it’s no trick. Instinctively, they sense it. An image like that gives you courage for your own dreams.”

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source: profiled in Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2006), 62.

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“Part of the interest of any old book is its individual history, which can be gathered from the binding, book-plates, marginal notes, names of former owners, &c., and anything that tends to obliterate these signs is to be deplored.”

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source: Bookbinding, and the Care of Books (London: John Hogg, 1901), 306.

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“When I was a little kid, there were still blacksmiths around, and I’ve never forgotten the ring of a real hammer on a real anvil.”

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source: written in a letter to Philip Roth, letting him know his stories are the “real thing,” dated December 12, 1969, in Saul Bellow: Letters (New York: Viking, 2010), 290.

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