Academic journal article The Hastings Center Report

At the Center

Academic journal article The Hastings Center Report

At the Center

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A Staff Writer this Way Comes. It was a cold and ice-bright morning in February' the first time I found myself within view of the House of Gordon, where I was to have my first interview for the positions of staff writer and associate editor. The previous day had been one of heavy snowfall, and unbeknownst to me the Center had closed. Having spent some years in Canada, however, I thought nothing of a beetling snowdune here and there, and so boarded the morning train from Grand Central Station. Alighting in snowbound Garrison, I found neither man nor woman to guide me to my destination--a mystery insoluble at the time. I determined to make my own way to the Center, and forthwith summoned a cab out of that desolate landscape. My driver (the village extortionist, as it turned out) and I glided past hills and dales of glazed white. Having been deposited at the House of Gordon, I stood facing its vacant windows, all alone--or so it seemed. The day was soundless, save for my shoes crunching over snow as I approached what I believed to be the front door. As it opened, no one greeted me. What was this place, I wondered. Black-and-white photographs displayed men wearing boaters and women in Edwardian gowns. …

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