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Nothing is more idealistic than a journalist on the defensive.

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It is one test of a fully developed writer that he reminds us of no one but himself.

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To choose art means to turn one's back on the world, or at least on certain of its distractions.

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Journalists do not like to report on uncertainties. They would almost rather be wrong than ambiguous.

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Giving jazz the Congressional seal of approval is a little like making Huck Finn an honorary Boy Scout.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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