Fallows remembers Stephen Banker:

"This is a second-rate article," he told me one time, after reading something I had written. "First-class among the second-rate, but second-rate" ...

Bonus points for:

"You look bad!" "Stop rushing for a minute and sit and talk!" "The only magazine I care about is the New Yorker"

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