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The decisive moment in the defeat of upper class, capital-S, Society may have come when, in newspapers all over the nation, what used to be…
We know the ideal isn’t where the action is.
I think the story is my form.
I know how deeply slothful I am.
I know how many days in which I have just answered e-mail, had three phone calls and a two hour lunch. Poof, gone. They are…
I know from the middle distance I give off the look of being prolific, which is a funny compliment to receive.
I just know so many people who have six or seven foreign languages and have read everything and have musical training and they are still…
I am the heterosexual Truman Capote.
I am basically a complainer and all the grounds for complaint have been swept out from under me.
I am married to someone I love.
No one has really ever defined what a friend is.
Culture means, I think, that you have widened your experience enough through reading and through being a little bit thoughtful about these things that it…
My wife who is non-Jewish regrets it all the time that I can say these terrible things about fellow Jews and she can’t.
I myself think anti-Semitism is about envy.
By the way, the secret of speaking French is confidence. Whether you are right or wrong, you don’t hesitate.
I should prefer to die laughing, and, on more than one occasion, thought I might.
One of the pleasures of being a Jew, I don’t have to tell you, it allows you anti-Semitism.
Envy is never general, but always very particular – at least envy of the kind one feels strongly.
One serious drawback about letters is that, in order to get them, one must send some out. When it comes to the mail, I feel…
In recompense, envy may be the subtlest – perhaps I should say the most insidious – of the seven deadly sins.
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