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Why do we like these stories so? Why do we tell them over and over? Why have we made a folk hero of a man who is the antithesis of all our official heroes, a haunted millionaire out of the West, trailing a legend of desperation and power and white sneakers? But then we have always done that. Our favorite people and our favorite stories become so not by any inherent virtue, but because they illustrate something deep in the grain, something unadmitted. Shoeless Joe Jackson, Warren Gamaliel Harding, The Titanic: how the might are fallen. Charles Lindbergh, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Marilyn Monroe: the beautiful and damned. And Howard Hughes. That we have made a hero of Howard Hughes tells us something interesting about ourselves, something only dimly remembered, tells us that the secret point of money and power in AMerica is neither the things that money can buy nor power for power's sake (Americans are uneasy with their possessions, guilty about power, all of which is difficult for Europeans to perceive because they are themselves so truly materialistic, so versed in the uses of power), but absolute personal freedom, mobility, privacy. Is is the instinct which drove America to the Pacific, all through the nineteenth century, the desire to be able to find a restaurant open in case you want a sandwich, to be a free agent, live by one's own rules.


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I know what "nothing" means, and keep on playing.
JOAN DIDION
We live in a quick-fix society where we need instant gratification for everything. Too fat? Get lipo...
JOAN COLLINS
I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all ov...
JOAN RIVERS
Comedy is a very rough beat. It's no holds barred, as it should be.
JOAN RIVERS
During the 'ballad' years for me, the politics was latent; I was just falling in love with t...
JOAN BAEZ
Some tension is necessary for the soul to grow, and we can put that tension to good use. We can look...
JOAN BORYSENKO
All serious daring starts from within.
JOAN BAEZ
The Four Rules of Life:
1. Show Up 2. Pay Attention 3.Tell the Truth 4. Don't be upset at the res...
JOAN BORYSENKO
I don't excercise. If God had wanted me to bend over, he would have put diamonds on the floor.
JOAN RIVERS
I caused my husband's heart attack. In the middle of lovemaking I took the paper bag off my head. He...
JOAN RIVERS
The problem with beauty is that it's like being born rich and getting poorer.
JOAN COLLINS
I'm Jewish. I don't work out. If God had wanted us to bend over, He would have put diamonds ...
JOAN RIVERS
Thank God we're living in a country where the sky's the limit, the stores are open late and ...
JOAN RIVERS
I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.
JOAN RIVERS
Is Elizabeth Taylor fat? Her favorite food is seconds.
JOAN RIVERS
When you look at the world, the world isn't just one palette. It's a beautiful rainbow, and ...
JOAN SMALLS
Thank God we're living in a country where the sky's the limit, the stores are open late and you can ...
JOAN RIVERS
Elizabeth Taylor has more chins than the Chinese telephone directory.
JOAN RIVERS
I've worked in the prison system, on death row and maximum security. I did that work for six yea...
JOAN HALIFAX
I would rather die than do something which I know to be a sin, or to be against God's will.
JOAN ARC
Acting gave me the opportunity to do outrageous things. It allowed me to be sad, happy, angry and lu...
JOAN ALLEN
Almost any film that you do is an opportunity to open you up and make you more aware of an area that...
JOAN ALLEN
I've written what and when I want to. It's been about expressing myself. But with the degree, I had ...
JOAN ARMATRADING
Just an hour with you, and I understand why we had to meet.
JOAN ARMATRADING
Maybe some of my quest for success comes from Joan of Arc but there's no conscious part of Catholici...
JOAN ARK
What is the biggest public forum in the United States? We were told it's the Super Bowl. The ad ...
JOAN BLADES
Reality is the only word in the English language that should always be used in quotes.
JOAN LARSEN
The nice thing about Viagra is that they are proving men can go blind on it, so you can gain weight ...
JOAN RIVERS
I blame my mother for my poor sex life. All she told me was 'the man goes on top and the woman under...
JOAN RIVERS
Where there is a will there is a way. is an old true saying. He who resolves upon doing a thing, by ...
JOAN RIVERS
Our natures are a lot like oil, mix us with anything else, and we strive to swim on top.
JOAN RIVERS
Never floss with a stranger.
JOAN RIVERS
A woman went to a plastic surgeon and asked him to make her like Bo Derek. He gave her a labotomy.
JOAN RIVERS
Before we make love my husband takes a pain killer.
JOAN RIVERS
People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, yo...
JOAN RIVERS
You make the beds, you wash the dishes, and six months later you have to start all over again
JOAN RIVERS
I think the most important thing a woman can have - next to talent, of course - is her hairdresser.
JOAN CRAWFORD
I never go outside unless I look like Joan Crawford the movie star. If you want to see the girl next...
JOAN CRAWFORD
For me an object is something living. This cigarette or this box of matches contains a secret life m...
JOAN MIRO
What I will no longer accept is the mediocre life of a modest little gentleman.
JOAN MIRó
The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.
JOAN MIRO
When you're on tour you definitely don't want lots of arguments. It's very important tha...
JOAN ARMATRADING
I've never had a humble opinion. If you've got an opinion, why be humble about it?
JOAN BAEZ