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#1. The word 'western' usually refers to movies, of course, but there is a literary tradition of the same name that pre-dates the moving picture and retains its vitality yet. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#2. I'll tell you now that I hate myself for many reasons, but being Jewish is not one of them. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#3. In 1966, I bought my parents a carriage clock for their silver wedding anniversary. It was last wound 30 years later, in December 1996, the month my father died. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#4. My history was the Western. I grew up with the Lone Ranger, the Cisco Kid and Bonanza. I felt as much a child of the West as someone born in Montana or Wyoming. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#5. Heinrich Heine once imagined the exiled Israelite as a dog who regains his stolen manhood only when he embraces the Sabbath bride. I see western swing performing a similar function in hardscrabble Texas, turning dirt-poor hired hands into Dapper Dans with magic feet at the Saturday night hoe-down. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#6. Many years ago, when I lived in the mini-Siberia they call East Anglia, I was awakened in the early hours by the sound of a pantechnicon being loaded. Peeping through the curtains, I observed the grocer doing a runner with all his chattels and his family. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#7. Copywriting cuts the communication cord between word and feeling. By offering instant gratification, it atrophies more subtle emotions. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#8. My own zigzag path through life led me back to Santa Cruz in the early Eighties, and I have revisited regularly since. The place hasn't changed: head in the clouds, backside on the hills and feet in the ocean - one of the most decent and beautiful places on earth. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#9. I still see the world as a place of bitter irony and black humour, failed hopes, dashed plans. I hope to make my work sparer, to outgrow my desire to show off. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#10. McCarthy's prose in 'Blood Meridian' comes blazing from the Book of Revelation. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#11. It would be a big mistake to think that Chekhov was a natural, that he did not have to work for his effects and singular style. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#12. I went to UC Santa Cruz, overlooking the Bay of Monterey and Santa Cruz, in 1969. Back then, the city was part-hippie, part-surfer, but mostly retired chicken farmer. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#13. Even when she was alive, Esther Kreitman's novels, short stories and translations received far less attention than the work of her famous brothers, I. J. and Isaac Bashevis Singer. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#14. This was the wonder of advertising; the complete absence of cynicism. It may have many mansions, but it has no room for Doubting Thomases. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#15. I had a Latin master who, for no rational reason whatsoever - I was a very quiet kid at school - just hated me. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#16. Tel Aviv is buzzing with so much life, you could bottle it and sell it as honey, and even Jerusalem has a certain fizz. But if you want to see anger, go to Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem on a Friday afternoon. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#17. One-eyed Reuben 'Rooster' Cogburn is the role that finally delivered John Wayne his Oscar. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#18. Santa Cruz is blessed not only with natural wonders, but also with gifted souls who can fashion nature's bounty into man-made treasures. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#19. Back in 1948, a monomaniac called Korczak resolved to impose Crazy Horse's likeness upon a mountain. It took 50 years to complete the head, which measures 90ft from crown to chin. By comparison, the four presidents at Mt Rushmore seem modest. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#20. I'm completely lacking any sense of religious belief, but I am superstitious. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#21. You have to turn a blind eye to politics in nearly all Westerns. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#22. The summer of 1976 was so hot that bars of chocolate melted on the shelves before confectioners could sell them. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#23. I do not mean for one second to suggest that 'White Doves at Morning' was written with a movie deal in mind. Certainly not. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#24. At school, I never had a hold on English history, and cheder was a place run by sadistic incompetents, so I felt alienated from the Jewish part of my past. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#25. For me, Jews and football go together like a horse and carriage. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#26. When I was growing up in north-west London, our milkman's cart was pulled by a horse, and cattle still grazed on the meadows near Church Farm. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#27. Deadwood lies at the northern tip of the Black Hills, where the land is ancient and rubbed smooth by time. The Black Hills are more rugged at their southern extremity, where bare granite forms pinnacles and spires. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#28. If someone like my father chooses to criticise Israeli policies, it's not because he is a self-hating Jew, but because he is not prepared to live in a state of self-denial. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#29. Ambassadors are, by definition, foreign bodies. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#30. In the 1880s, a weedy Easterner named Owen Wister had something like a nervous breakdown. Wyoming, with its wide-open spaces and healthy pursuits, was prescribed as a cure. Wister was immediately smitten by the taciturn cowboys and the rules imposed upon them by the cattle barons. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#31. As I was writing, I realised I wasn't sufficiently extrovert to gather enough interesting souls with tall tales around me. I was no Louis Theroux. But neither was I interested in exploring my inner life in public, in the manner of a Jonathan Raban. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#32. I owe my discovery of the Hot Club of Cowtown to Kinky Friedman, leader of the Texas Jewboys. When I saw that Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys were headlining the 2003 Santa Clarita Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival, I thought it my duty to check out the band that had inspired the Texas Jewboys. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#33. I can't go to bed with John Wayne, so I do the next best thing: I go to bed with my girlfriend, who once met the great man. That's how much I love westerns. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#34. Back when I was young, lists seemed like fences on the open range. But secretly, I was pleased to be corralled among other literary thoroughbreds. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#35. Hinde Esther Kreitman is a forgotten literary foremother, her works largely lost, ignored and out of print. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#36. I believe that there may well be a personal God out there - not a monotheistic God - that has got it in for me. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#37. As Annie Proulx is to Wyoming, so is Jane Candia Coleman to Arizona. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#38. The idea of the split personality is as old as Genesis. For a start, Eve was manufactured from Adam's rib. Then there's Cain and Abel, twins at war. They were followed by Esau and Jacob, likewise divisible into hairy and smooth types. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#39. Every year in late June, Custer's Last Stand is reenacted on the high plains of Montana. When Custer led out the 7th Cavalry in 2003 - the year I witnessed it - the audience stood and cheered with turbo-charged patriotism. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#40. In 1935, Faber & Faber published an anthology entitled 'My Best Western Story' in which the genre's leading practitioners contributed what they considered their finest. Alas, literature the stories ain't; they appear more like fossils from a spent mine. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#41. Hinde Esther Singer was born in Poland on March 31, 1881, the daughter of Bathsheva and Pinchos Mendel Singer. Bathsheva was an intellectual, but both Bathsheva's father and her husband disapproved of erudite women. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#42. Of course the 19th century remained in blissful ignorance of post-modern irony, and the dime novels were made without end. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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#43. Everyone in Tel Aviv knows Yosl Bergner. In 2006, the mayor made him a Freeman of the City. Now he carries a card which allows him to park his car anywhere with impunity. If only he could drive. - Author: Clive Sinclair
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