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Vincent Canby

His acting remains forever fixed in a time that never dates.

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We are drawn to our television sets each April the way we are drawn to the scene of an accident.

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It is guaranteed to put all teeth on edge, including George Washington's, wherever they might be.

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Hack fiction exploits curiosity without really satisfying it or making connections between it and anything else in the world.

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Good fiction reveals feeling, refines events, locates importance and, though its methods are as mysterious as they are varied, intensifies the experience of living our own lives.

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America, meaning mostly the United States, is not an easy concept to comprehend. It may be appropriate that it was discovered by a Genoese sailor, in the service of the Spanish crown, looking for some place else and that, for the next half-century, it was treated as a geological impediment to be gotten through or around in order to reach some far more profitable other side.

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