They Made It!

They Made It!

In that long gone time during Hitler’s war when I was madly in love with M., the Village’s most frequented femme fatale, I had to hear a lot about her other lovers, some of whom must have been concurrent with me. She favored intellectuals of an advanced tendency; some of them became stars in the highest academic heavens. In the strangely different world since my youth I have followed with interest the careers of the Nobel Laureate in economics, the Harvard social theorist, the specialist in German romanticism (once a pliant refugee at the New School), who cheerfully “went home” to a famous chair in East Germany. With M. it clearly helped to be of European Jewish origin, to recite Rilke, Pushkin, and Pindar in the original. While desire tore up my life, hers aimed chiefly at cultural improvement.

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Lima