Today’s Quote

September 27, 2007

The Financial Times pays a visit to the great writer Louis Auchincloss, now 90 and confined to his Manhattan apartment by a bout of surgery. From the beginning, Auchincloss made his subject the great Wasp overclass of America.

The interviewer notes that the current occupant of the White House comes from same Andover-Yale-money orbit that Auchincloss has chronicled in great detail — perhaps the Bush family would make for a great society novel?

“I just think the Bushes are a big family of shits. They might have existed anywhere.”

Only the author of The Rector of Justin could have put it so succinctly.

3 Responses to “Today’s Quote”

  1. Scott Stiefel Says:

    Uffff, I couldn’t read more than about 3 pages of Rector of Justin.

  2. geoff Says:

    I’d like to read more Auchincloss. Read The Book Club and thought it supoib. Half Henry James, half Dot Parker.

  3. Steven Hart Says:

    Scott: Your appreciation for Auchincloss will be in more or less direct proportion to your appreciation for Henry James and Edith Wharton.

    Geoff: I haven’t read all of ’em, but so far my favorite is The House of the Prophet, pretty obviously based on the career of Walter Lippmann.

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