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John Cheever

John Cheever was a highly esteemed writer of short fiction, much of it originally published in The New Yorker. He also published the novels The Wapshot Chronicle, The Wapshot Scandal, Bullet Park, and Falconer.
 

"Our country is the best country in the world. We are swimming in prosperity and our President is the best president in the world. We have larger apples and better cotton and faster and more beautiful machines. This makes us the greatest country in the world. Unemployment is a myth. Dissatisfaction is a fable. In preparatory school America is beautiful. It is the gem of the ocean and it is too bad. It is bad because people believe it all. Because they become indifferent. Because they marry and reproduce and vote and they know nothing."

 – John Cheever