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Not believing it, but that's what she gave as an example.
That's what she gave. Of course I should have said,
“I certainly would. I would have taken out a lot of those
Anyway, at this final meeting, she wouldn't stop
arguing. I kept telling her, “Ayn, I've got to go home.”
It was about six o'clock and we had a dinner date that night.
We went downstairs, and she was still repeating that I had
promised her that I wouldn't change her copy. I finally
got into a taxicab, and she was still on the corner talking
as I drove away. Finally she gave her ultimatum, “You're
going to print every word I've written, or I won't let you
publish the book.” I said, “That's that. Get yourself
another publisher.” I was adamant on this. Imagine putting
your imprint on a book like that!
Well, New American Library, who don't seem to care
what they print, took it. I must say, I don't think that
anybody ever read these essays because I never heard one
word of criticism, but there it is in the book. I never
even saw a review of it.
When Kennedy was assassinated that fall, I wrote Ayn
asking, “Don't you agree now that this was wrong?" She
didn't agree at all. She said that the assassination had
nothing to do with what she had to say. It didn't change
her opinion one iota.
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