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hundred benefits. If you're going to be a serious author,
I suppose it's good to have had Latin in your background.
There are a few questions that I thought of. We discussed
your decision to go with Pi Lambda Phi fraternity. Do you
think that it was a worthwhile experience?
Being in a fraternity?
I think at that time it was nice, because it was some
place to have lunch. I don't believe in fraternities. I
think they're an undemocratic process. Maybe the system's
all right now, because I don't think it's one-tenth as
important as it used to be. But in my day frats were almost
a social necessity. A boy who was not in a fraternity felt
pretty well out of things, and I think that was particularly
true at other colleges, less so at Columbia because it's in
a big city.
Did you make friendships there that were to continue?
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