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Well, Burl Ives has been at my parents‘home one time,
singing songs. We hated him because we couldn't sleep.
Oh, once he gets started... But with Gene taking over
and singing, Burl would pick up the accompaniment for Gene.
It was magic! It's one of the nights I'll always remember.
Are there times that you can remember that Phyllis might
have given you advice that was contrary to what you thought
Very often. Her judgment is in many ways impeccable.
She doesn't pretend to know literature, said with a capital L.
European moderns aren't Phyllis‘act. But on American novels
and books and non-fiction, her judgment is excellent. I began
to rely more and more on what she would say about manuscripts.
When I was in doubt about something that I thought might interest
her, I would very anxiously await her approval.
Elliot Paul was one of the people she couldn't stand.
She refused to have him in the house. Elliot was a monster
with his wife and his son and also unmannerly and slovenly,
and Phyllis wouldn't have him around. Fortunately for me, he
was an exception.
The next fellow who fell in love with Phyllis was Sinclair
Lewis. He adored Phyllis.
Then Moss Hart. As I say, Phyllis became Moss‘great
confidant. Moss would come to her with all of his troubles,
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