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Girls: “One of the alternate titles for my book was Girls, Bunnies and America, these being prominent themes in my work. I’m a red-blooded American male. There’s no greater influence on my work — or impetus for me to do it — than women. Attracting them. Idolizing them. On my knees adoring them. This is what we were put on the planet to do since man crafted the first talisman of fertility, a muse. My wife is my muse.” Gustave Courbet, “The Origin of the World”