by Sam Bluefarb (November 2014)
He was not a bad man; he was a silly man.—Anon.
On Andy Rooney’s death, I went back to a letter I wrote to him, prompted by his honest admission that he was a Democrat and, presumably, a liberal. In the process of researching his background—small town origins (Albany, New York), prep school, Colgate University, etc.—I hit upon a rather revealing You Tube* which fleshed out a view of Ernest Hemingway within a myopic vision. Not that Hem’s reputation was universally acclaimed—witness the largely dim view of him by feminists because of his “Doll’s House” heroines. more>>>