A SUPERB interview with Louis Auchincloss, as he approaches 90, in today's Financial Times.
Two stand-out quotes. The first is from a Gore Vidal piece in the New York Review of Books:
[O]fThe second is Auchincloss on his school, Groton, and its part in shaping his cohort's character:
all our novelists, Auchincloss is the only one who tells us how our
rulers behave in their banks and their boardrooms, their law offices
and their clubs. Yet such is the vastness of our society and the
remoteness of academics and bookchatterers from actual power that those
who should be most in this writer's debt have no idea what a useful
service he renders us by revealing and, in some ways, betraying his
"Bill Bundy and I shared a study at Groton, and one day he came in from a football game, and I said: 'Who won?' and he said: 'We lost,' and then he burst into tears. You cannot lose. Groton cannot lose. That's what they believed in, no matter what," explains Auchincloss. "They all would have all been willing to die, if they hadn't already been in high positions. They believed America cannot lose. We stand for every virtue and right that's in the world."The playing-fields of Eton, Vietnam edition.
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