Giving jazz the Congressional seal of approval is a little like making Huck Finn an honorary Boy Scout.
A man's work is his dilemma his job is his bondage, but it also gives him a fair share of his identity and keeps him from being a bystander in somebody else's world.
Cary Grant, born Archie Leach, was a poor boy who could barely spell posh. That's acting for you-or maybe Hollywood.
To choose art means to turn one's back on the world, or at least on certain of its distractions.
Watching baseball under the lights is like observing dogs indoors, at a pedigree show. In both instances, the environment is too controlled to suit the species.
Writing is the most demanding of callings, more harrowing than a warrior's, more lonely than a whaling captain's-that, in essence, is the modern writer's message.
Once we thought, journalists and readers alike, that if we put together enough facts and gave them a fast stir, we would come up with something that, at least by the standards of short-order cooks, could be called the truth.
It is one test of a fully developed writer that he reminds us of no one but himself.
Journalists do not like to report on uncertainties. They would almost rather be wrong than ambiguous.