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to talk to you about him.” I said, “I'll come up.” He
said, “No. I want to talk to you down there.” So he came
down, only a few blocks away. He came in and he began
telling me what a wonderful boy Jason was, but he said,
“He'll drive you crazy. He almost drove me crazy.” I said,
“Why?" He said, “Every time I give him a raise it lasts for
about two weeks and then he's asking for another one.” I
asked him how much Jason was getting. I forget what it was,
but it wasn't anything terrific. I said, “He must have
started at about 18¢ a week.” Doug finally admitted that
if he had started at a much higher price, things wouldn't
have been so difficult. But Jason is a very aggressive
young fellow anyway, and he got on Doug's nerves.
But it's worked out all right?
Oh, wonderfully. I call him “The cross I bear.”
Jason is Jason. He's one of the brilliant young men on the
New York literary scene. His wife is the co-editor of The
New York Review of Books, and Jason's part of the Establishment.
He lords it around, but everybody loves him. He's a
very attractive, but an absolutely unmanageable young man.
I mean he does things the way that he pleases; and if anybody
tries to tell him how to do something another way,
he's wasting his breath!
The immediate question that comes to my mind, being a
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