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‘It’s a Tong sign.’ His voice sounded interested. ‘The Red Lightning Tong. Unusual to find anyone but a full-blooded Chinaman being a member. It’s not the usual semi-religious organization. This is entirely criminal.
Thunderball by Ian Fleming
“ugly night swim, had built up tensions that could only be eased by sleep and solitude. He went out like a light – to dream of Domino being pursued by a shark with dazzling white teeth that suddenly became Largo, Largo who turned on him with those huge hands. They were coming closer, they reached slowly for him, they had him by the shoulder …”
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“Oddjob turned and walked stolidly back towards them. When he was half way across the floor, and without pausing or taking aim, he reached up to his hat, took it by the rim and flung it sideways with all his force. There was a loud clang. For an instant the rim of the bowler hat stuck an inch deep in the panel Goldfinger had indicated, then it fell and clattered on the floor. Goldfinger smiled politely at Bond. ‘A light but very strong alloy, Mr Bond. I fear that will have damaged the felt covering, but Oddjob will put on another.”
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Experience by Martin Amis
" “But writers write far more penetratingly than they live. Their novels show them at their very best, making a huge effort: stretched until they twang.”

I bought a new 4B pencil to annotate this beast of a memoir.
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Until then, Cooper continues to get away. Which is really what we want anyway. Through the decades, Cooper has become more to us than just an outlaw. He is a canvas. He is who we want him to be. Like other legends, he has so many of the qualities we all want for ourselves but rarely possess. He was courageous. He was an individualist. He was bold. He defied the systems that stifle our freedom and impose order on our world—like the banks, the cops, the government—and he challenged the force that pins us down every day: gravity.
It's clearly glorifying a criminal, but it is good writing nonetheless.
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