NOTES & QUOTES
* I’m not recommending foolhardiness or bravado. I don’t think that’s what
[the four rescuers of Reginal Denny during the Los Angeles riots] were
engaged in. I think they were engaged in moral action and moral choice.
This strikes me as especially notable in a time when there is so little
bravery available for generous purposes and so much bungee-jumping type
undertaken for no discernable purpose except for self-testing or showing
off, and so much interest in a kind of make-my-day pugnacity that is more
hormonal than heroic. [These four] did the right thing. They didn’t
appoint a commission to tell them in six months what that might be. They
knew. We usually do. And they were willing to face the consequences.
–Meg Greenfield, Newsweek 13 Sept. 1993
* There is a name for people who claim privileged access to the inner
workings of people they describe. The name is novelist…. In the past
few years a steady succession of high-profile books about people living and
dead have raised questions of propriety and taste…
–Elizabeth Randolph, Time, 12 July 1993
* I am glad that I remained always on good terms with CSL, though we were
at opposite poles intellectually…
I couldn’t have borne Lewis’ vulgar beer-drinking, smoking, pub-crawling,
the scruffy way he lived. He was no aesthete, as I was. And he was very
queer in his relations with those two awful women — I wouldn’t have wanted
to meet them, much less know them. Perhaps a masochistic streak in Lewis.
However, he was a good man, which I do not claim to be. Also more
gregarious, more of a ‘good fellow’ than this solitary misanthrope.
–A. L. Rowse, 13 December 1993 letter to Jonathan Brewer of Cornwall