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Monday February 09, 2009

Quote of the Day

“For me, [Ted] Williams is the classic ballplayer of the game on a hot August weekday, before a small crowd, when the only thing at stake is the tissue-thin difference between a thing done well and a thing done ill. Baseball is a game of the long season, of relentless and gradual averaging-out. Irrelevance—since the reference point of most individual games is remote and statistical—always threatens its interest, which can be maintained not by the occasional heroics that sportswriters feed upon but by players who always care; who care, that is to say, about themselves and their art. Insofar as the clutch hitter is not a sportswriter’s myth, he is a vulgarity, like a writer who writes only for money. It may be that, compared to managers’ dreams such as Joe DiMaggio and the always helpful Stan Musial, Williams is an icy star. But of all team sports, baseball, with its graceful intermittences of action, its immense and tranquil field sparsely settled with poised men in white, its dispassionate mathematics, seems to me best suited to accommodate, and be ornamented by, a loner. It is an essentially lonely game. No other player visible to my generation has concentrated within himself so much of the sport’s poignance, has so assiduously refined his natural skills, has so constantly brought to the plate that intensity of competence that crowds the throat with joy.”

— John Updike on Ted Williams in “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu,” and a reminder of what baseball used to be. 

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Posted at 06:53 PM on Feb 09, 2009 in category Quote of the Day
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Saturday February 07, 2009

Quote of the Day

“Those [New Yorker] reviews alone would have been enough to make a major career, each one not laying down the law for the writer but bringing news to the reader. (What editor would not cry out in delight at finding a piece that made the simple and sage distinction that purposes are not points, that, where the purpose of “King Lear” was to purge the soul with pity and terror, its point was that old men should not retire prematurely.)”

—Adam Gopnik in “Postscript: John Updike,” in The New Yorker. Read Roger Angell on same here. Updike's incomparable piece about Ted Williams' final at-bat, “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu,” can be, must be, read here.

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Posted at 08:56 AM on Feb 07, 2009 in category Quote of the Day
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Friday February 06, 2009

Quote of the Day

"Once upon a time this country made best pictures, and huge numbers of people went to see them, and we've gotten away from that. It's tragic."

— Film critic/historian David Thomson in Nick Madigan’s article “Best pic noms elicit strong reactions” in Variety magazine, encapsulating a trend I've been writing about for years.
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Tuesday February 03, 2009

Francois Truffaut Quote of the Day - II

Tirez sur le pianiste (1960)

Charlie is in bed with Clarisse. She's topless with the sheet near her waist. Charlie pulls it above her breasts.

Charlie: This is how it's done in the movies.
Clarisse: Ha ha. (Pause) I saw Torpedoes in Alaska at the movies this afternoon.
Charlie: Any good?
Clarisse: John Wayne shows how America only wants peace.
Charlie: Well, well. The Yanks are just like me.

from Francois Truffaut's Tirez sur le pianiste(1960)

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Posted at 07:53 AM on Feb 03, 2009 in category Quote of the Day
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Francois Truffaut Quote of the Day - I

“We almost didn't make it at first. I'd watch her over breakfast, wondering how to get rid of her. But then I thought, 'Where do you get these ideas?' And I found no answer.”

Passerby, happily married after 11 years, in Francois Truffaut's Tirez sur le pianiste (1960)

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Posted at 07:30 AM on Feb 03, 2009 in category Quote of the Day
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