Sunday, July 06, 2014
The phone rang. After going through the usual niceties, Mike said,
(Of course, if he himself ended up in another breakdown, he'd regret the whole episode.)
(This is not to suggest his need for money wasn't genuine. It was and I am one of those who believe he was justified in asking to be paid for his unique insights into deep politics.)
By that time, he'd gone through his inheritance, spending $35,000 on legal fees fighting for his "good name" in the sexual harassment lawsuit. If he'd just told the same truth in public that is contained in the body of the suit itself - "Yes, I engaged in some, uh, unprofessional [read: farcical] conduct but she had "unclean hands" by telling me about porn sites," - he would have ended up with the same result but $35,000 richer. Still, we all have those coulda-woulda-shouldas.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
"And I knew that it was impossible to put that Power into words; a Power that could be used for good or evil."
Corroboration of what I wrote in Part 65 - Furnace: "Both for better and for worse, this self-oriented interpretation of events was all part of that furnace of energy that burned so fiercely within him, propelling him into the heart of government wrongdoing to reveal the truth or, when that avenue was blocked, self-destruction."
But putting aside the unctuous and patronizing "compliments" followed by the taunt which simultaneously negates them and blames us for eliciting them, (by being "girls,") what are we to make of this email? Are the other activist and I his groupies? Was this an ejaculation for our benefit? The only redeeming feature is that I'm in good company; he genuinely respects the other activist...
Simmons died in 2010 of accidental drowning following a heart attack in his hot tub.