Sometimes as I read I come across quotes I want to remember so I write them down somewhere. I should be putting them in one place, into a Reading Notebook.
I've been reading Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling, by Amy Chozick. She covered Hillary Clinton's first presidential campaign for the Wall Street Journal and in the more recent campaign she has been covering her for the New York Times. She she has known and payed close attention to the Clintons for a long time. Her insights into the thinking of these always-controversial people and their many "-gates" are excellent.
My only complaint about her book is that she is such a devoted Hillary fan. She thinks she has to work to be less negative about the Clinton campaign because the candidate is convinced the reporter hates her. It's the other way around. She should not be covering a campaign where she is so heavily biased in favor of one side. But where would the Times find a reporter who is not? At least Chozick is paying attention. Here's a quote from her book:
"I'd find myself at a rare Sunday brunch back in New York cringing at the conversations I'd overhear, about summer shares on Fire Island and gallery openings and seeing Hamilton for the second time 'with the new cast,' things I would've talked about, too, in my old life. But that was before I spent most of my days talking to people in the middle of the country who couldn't afford health care or lost their jobs when the factory closed or took out a second mortgage to pay their kid's college tuition. Everything back in New York started to seem so petty."