| Journalists do not like to report on uncertainties. They would almost rather be wrong than ambiguous.
| Giving jazz the Congressional seal of approval is a little like making Huck Finn an honorary Boy Scout.
| Watching baseball under the lights is like observing dogs indoors, at a pedigree show. In both instances, the environment is too controlled to suit the species.
| Nothing is more idealistic than a journalist on the defensive.
| It is one test of a fully developed writer that he reminds us of no one but himself.
| To choose art means to turn one's back on the world, or at least on certain of its distractions.
| Once we thought, journalists and readers alike, that if we put together enough "facts" and gave them a fast stir, we would come up with something that, at least by the standards of short-order cooks, could be called the truth.