Clive James


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Vivian Leopold "Clive" James CBE, AM (born 7 October 1939) is an Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet and memoirist, best known for his autobiographical series Unreliable Memoirs, for his chat shows and documentaries on British television and for his prolific journalism. He has lived and worked in the United Kingdom since the early 1960s.

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  • ''As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.''
    Clive James (b. 1939), Australian writer, critic. repr. In From the Land of Shadows (1982). "A Blizzard of Tiny Kisses," London Review of Books (1980)...
  • ''All it means, if you wilt that way with a lady, is that you haven't yet really met her. You're not trying to make love to a woman, you're trying not to miss an opportunity.''
    Clive James (b. 1939), Australian writer, critic, TV host. Falling Towards England, ch. 8 (1985).
  • ''Anyone afraid of what he thinks television does to the world is probably just afraid of the world.''
    Clive James (b. 1939), Australian writer, critic. Glued to the Box, introduction (1983).
  • ''A sceptic finds Dallas absurd. A cynic thinks the public doesn't.''
    Clive James (b. 1939), Australian writer, critic. Glued To The Box, introduction (1983).
  • Visitors who come from the Soviet Union and tell you how marvellous it is to be able to look at public buildings without advertisements stuck all over them are just telling you that they can't deciphe...
    Clive James (b. 1939), Australian writer, critic. Glued To The Box, introduction (1983).
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