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Remember there is the good John Simon and the bad John. We
have the good John. He's a comer. Of course now we've got
from Knopf a troika from Simon and Schuster which is simply
superb. Bob Gottlieb to me is one of the top editors in the
country. Nina Borne is a great advertising woman. Tony
Schulte is a wonderful administrator. This is a formidable
Sometime in the future I want to go into exactly how
Knopf and Random House worked under the same auspices and
stayed separate, but that's something else that we can...
That I can do very quickly and we'll stop here. When
we bought Knopf--and I'll tell you the whole Knopf story--
one of the faithful promises that I made Alfred Knopf was
that nobody at Random House would ever interfere with his
editorial policy or ever tell him what book to publish or
not publish. That is a promise that I made that I've kept
religiously for two very good reasons. One is that I consider
myself a man of honor and when I make a promise I
stick to it. Second and much more important, he scares the
hell out of me.
Yes, but he isn't really involved now.
Yes he is. He comes in a couple of days a week, and
he's still the great Alfred Knopf.
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