Why I Am No Longer a “Brain-Dead Liberal”

An election-season essay.

  1. John Maynard Keynes was twitted with changing his mind. He replied, "When the facts change, I change my opinion. What do you do, sir?" My favorite example of a change of mind was Norman Mailer at The Village Voice.

    Norman took on the role of drama critic, weighing in on the New York premiere of Waiting for Godot.

    Twentieth century's greatest play. Without bothering to go, Mailer called it a piece of garbage.

    When he did get around to seeing it, he realized his mistake. He was no longer a Voice columnist, however, so he bought a page in the paper and wrote a retraction, praising the play as the masterpiece it is.

    Every playwright's dream.

    I once won one of Mary Ann Madden's "Competitions" in New York magazine. The task was to name or create a "10" of anything, and mine was the World's Perfect Theatrical Review. It went like this: "I never understood the theater until last night. Please forgive everything I've ever written. When you read this I'll be dead." That, of course, is the o...

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