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Book Links: Sinclair Lewis and P.J. O’Rourke

Posted by on December 28, 2005

Not much commentary at the moment, I just wanted to point out two interesting stories.

First, a man uncovers a letter in a box of papers from Sinclair Lewis describing his moral quandry over learning Sacco and Vanzetti were guilty.

During his research for “Boston,” [his novel about the case — BP] Sinclair met with Fred Moore, the men’s attorney, in a Denver motel room. Moore “sent me into a panic,” Sinclair wrote in the typed letter that Hegness found at the auction a decade ago.

“Alone in a hotel room with Fred, I begged him to tell me the full truth,” Sinclair wrote. “ ? He then told me that the men were guilty, and he told me in every detail how he had framed a set of alibis for them.”

Meanwhile, in an interview in England’s Daily Telegraph, P.J. O’Rourke describes America:

“America is not a wily, sneaky nation. We don’t think that way. We don’t think much at all, thank God. Start thinking and pretty soon you get ideas, and then you get idealism, and the next thing you know you’ve got ideology, with millions dead in concentration camps and gulags. A fundamental American question is, ‘What’s the big idea?’”

He also describes how he can look back at his old work and “see lapses of taste.” Honestly, I have no idea what he’s talking about.

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