“He had never been completely unembarrassed while speaking on the radio; this was a fact (his mike fright was something else). He had always felt just a little silly announcing, introducing, selling, describing, interviewing, giving the time and telling the weather, doing local color, acting and reciting bed-time stories, holding up his spokesman’s end of the conversation — which in radio was the only end there was. For the truth of the matter was that radio was silence as well as sound; the unrelenting premise was that the announcer’s voice occurred in silence, in the heart of an attentive vacuum disposed to hear it. Whereas he knew this was untrue. Didn’t his own mind wander, wasn’t it inattentive? Nothing was worthy of violating such silence; nothing yet in the history of the world had been worthy of it. That’s why he was embarrassed.”

— Stanley Elkin, The Dick Gibson Show, 1971

“NOW, WHEN I AM WEAK…AND SPENT — THEY TURN TO LEAVE! NO LONGER DO THEY SEEK…TO SLAY ME! PERHAPS…THERE STILL IS HOPE FOR THEM! PERHAPS, ONE DAY…THEY WILL RENOUNCE ALL USE OF FORCE…FOR ONLY THEN…AT LAST…WILL MANKIND COME OF AGE!”

— Stan Lee, THE SILVER SURFER, Vol. 1, No. 14, “The Surfer and the Spider!” 1970

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