Covering Their Eyes With Parted Fingers

New York Times, April 4, 1998.


I’ll confess I despise Bill Clinton and have for a long time, and I can’t get enough of this and my wife is disgusted with me. She doesn’t like Bill Clinton, but she thinks it’s a weakness of soul, as it undoubtedly is. I have to confess that I want to dance around Bill Clinton’s grave. And it’s a weakness.

‘The question is, what should be the proper object of pleasure? Rather than reading about Bill Clinton’s difficulties, I ought to take pleasure in, and I do, reading and thinking about Lincoln’s Gettysburg address. I ought to look at a beautiful picture, I ought to listen to beautiful music. So, the question really is, in what should we take pleasure?

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