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July 4, 2004
He has shelves full of books, yet confesses that he has only read two or three pages of each volume. These books all look very commanding: thick, many-paged hardbacks with short, stern, imposing titles like "CHURCHILL" and "KENNEDY". They're all about supposedly important historical figures about whom I have no interest. It's clear the books are there to impress visitors, to make their guardian feel like he's intelligent enough to maybe someday flip through another two or three pages.

In my company he reads 15 pages of the new Clinton book. I think I'm supposed to be impressed. I'm repulsed.