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I'll be 62 next week -- this week, the 24th. Damn it,
one of the things I've learned is, in regard to the distribution
of frailties, God was a democrat. He really saw that each of us got
our share. In regard to distribution of weaknesses, He saw that very
few of us can put out perfect scores.
You know, when you're writing and a critic and what not, you
are removed, you are detached, and that's supposed to be a virtue.
But that virtue, to me, becomes a great big question mark, when you
are in this role of evaluator of other people.
Now, there are some people who are bastards. I don't want to get
too laissez-faireish, about it-- there are some people who are
bastards, who are venal, and you showed -- you saw the letter I showed
you about Pat Moynihan and what not. And as I said in that letter,
I will not permit myself to be dragged into any public discussion
of Pat Moynihan, because I am just damn sensitive about how strongly
I feel about him, and I would not be particularly proud to expose
this, and if I were to write anything about Moynihan and Glazer
and that ilk, I would literally bend over backwards not to do what I
think Halberstam did. Because if I remember correctly, in Halberstam's
book, only two people came out with wings--Eleanor Roosevelt and
Adlai Stevenson. Well, hell, you know-- if he wanted to put the kind
of penetrating searchlight on Adlai Stevenson -- I don't know about
Eleanor, except for her children -- that he put on Mac and some
of the others around Kennedy, I don't know that Adlai would have
come out that pure, either. But-- all right -- you bring out the
most garrulous in me.
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