“Could I just stop you? I’m not a Master of the Universe. You know, I-I’m not broken, physiologically broken like your boy, but I’m hardly a Master of the Universe. I think most of us are not Masters of the Universe. That we’re, we’re all.. I mean, we’re all broken in our own special ways. So it’s not, “My we’re a perfected people and we need constant reminders of imperfection.” I’m not arguing for abortion here, I’m just saying.. we’re not a population of—perfection.”—Terry Gross, interjecting during an interview with writer Ian Brown, the author of The Boy in the Moon about his son Walker, one of 300 people in the world born with a rare neurological disease called CFC that has left him with severe cognitive, developmental and physical disabilities.
“The rich were dull and they drank too much or they played too much backgammon. They were dull and they were repetitious. He remembered poor Julian and his romantic awe of them and how he had started a story once that began, “The very rich are different from you and me.” And how someone had said to Julian, “Yes, they have more money.””—“The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” first published in Esquire (August 1936); later published in The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories (1938). Originally in Esquire “Julian” was named as F. Scott Fitzgerald, who, in “The Rich Boy” (1926) had written: “Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand…”