Academic journal article Social Justice

The Mood Is upon Me (December 1966)

Academic journal article Social Justice

The Mood Is upon Me (December 1966)

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The mood is upon me, something happened after about eight years of working my conscientious ass off, I have revolted. I watch television or potsy around or sleep until noon and then grubble into the office. What ruined my discipline was that Yevtushenko was in town. I arranged for him to come and hear Stokely speak and afterward went up to Harlem and drank champagne until 7 a.m. Now that is pretty funny, we went to a very crummy bar where nobody could have ordered champagne since Dillinger was there or something.

It was lovely, I hadn't really expected Yevtushenko to remember me, although we had done the same thing one night in Moscow five years ago. But all those women in between, my god. He did remember, though, and he really is a great guy if you get him alone where he doesn't pull his movie-star routine, and we had a fine time disappearing for three days with the State Dept. and the Russian Embassy going wild. We had lunch with Stokely on his last afternoon in New York, then ran for the plane to Moscow with nineteen pieces of baggage in one taxi and seven screaming people in another taxi, streaking out to Queens. …

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