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 call the Society page was replaced by the Style section.
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 has changed your outlook in some ways. And not necessarily made you a better human being but made you see things.
Not to like ice cream is to show oneself uninterested in food.
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 it is better to receive than to give.
One of the pleasures of being a Jew, I don't have to tell you, it allows you anti-Semitism.
By the way, the secret of speaking French is confidence. Whether you are right or wrong, you don't hesitate.
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 not infrequent.
I myself think anti-Semitism is about envy.
In recompense, envy may be the subtlest - perhaps I should say the most insidious - of the seven deadly sins.
I am married to someone I love.
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.
We know the ideal isn't where the action is.
I should prefer to die laughing, and, on more than one occasion, thought I might.
I am the heterosexual Truman Capote.
I know how deeply slothful I am.
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