26 May 2008, 12.41 CET
Alfred Kazin‘s description of academic parties:
The minute you enter the house, see the drinks laid out, the first conversational gambit given, you know it all in advance… a competitive, soused-up intellectual is a mockery of the arts and the religious man’s vision—he comes in always walking in shoes that are too large for him, he talks by habit, he lives in a routine. You never know with these people whether you are talking criticism or gossip. I’m sick to death of all this talk, self-perpetuating, competitive talk.