longer version essay published in the winter issue of The American
Scholar. I was lazy and distributed only the shorter version published
in Salon.com. The whole essay, which Nick sent me by mail, is 13 pages
and well worth reading in its entirety, especially as we are currently
in the midst of the Libby trial.
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Subject: Children @ Eaglebrook. . . then Andover, etc. Transcending
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2007 12:54:22 -0500
*"Scooter and Me," Bromell's piece published in /The American Scholar/
last week, is a richly detailed version of the /Salon/ article you sent
this morning. If you've already read the longer essay, just delete this
note with its meaty excerpts. *
*The /A.S. /essay probes aspects of Bromell's and Libby's personal lives
when they were, in effect, children. Don't have time to go through and
indicate properly how much space between the quotations. Easily
checked, though. **
The schoolboy incidents Bromell culls are personality markers which are
much harder to identify once we mature and become more self-protectively
opaque. Or so it seems to me.
*"SCOOTER AND ME," excerpts.*
1. *This nugget describes "success" as imparted to adolescents in the
world of the Eaglebrooks. The observations remind me of
Kennan's painfully poignant reminiscences of a Midwestern boy trying to
understand the Ivy League East. *
*/Life is doubtless peculiar for anyone who has a childhood or college
friend go on to become stupendously successful and powerful. How can
you not judge yourself by the standard of his monumental achievement?
How can you not feel small and unworthy in comparison?
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