Francine Prose is a Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bard. Her most recent book is the novel Mister Monkey . (October 2017)
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17th Century: Puritanism is a movement created by extreme Calvinist Protestants who sought to purify religion and society. They believed God would cleanse their feelings through "grace" eliminating envy, vanity, and lust. Puritans valued plainness in all things including their writing. "Of Plymouth Plantation" by William Bradford, and speech "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" by Jonathan Edwards
"When I designed Rocky, I never looked at any science fiction movies or comic books. One just automatically knows what spacesuits look like, the same way one intuitively knows how Americans dress. I had never been to the United States, but I had this fixed idea of how people looked there. Americans wore polyester so their clothes wouldn't crease, and their trousers were a bit too short. Since they're very keen on sports, white socks and white T-shirts played an integral part in their wardrobe. Of course, since doing Rocky I have been to the United States and admit it was a bit of a generalization, but my ideas worked perfectly for Brad and Janet."