I never wanted to do biography just to tell the life of a famous man. I always wanted to use the life of a man to examine political power because democracy shapes our lives.
I am trying to make clear through my writing something which I believe: that biography- history in general- can be literature in the deepest and highest sense of that term.
I really wanted there to be something in my life that I enjoy just for the beauty of it.
The New York City Ballet is obviously speaking to a whole new generation and bringing it the same wonder and beauty that it brought previous generations.
Every president has to live with the result of what Lyndon Johnson did with Vietnam when he lost the trust of the American people in the presidency.
There used to be this feeling under Eisenhower and Kennedy and Roosevelt and Truman that government was a solution. Trust in the presidency fell precipitously under Johnson – real lows. And it’s never come back. It’s a trend that if you’re liberal is really discouraging.