Out of the Stall

Jacob Malik's dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria—the customary gesture of retiring Security Council presidents—seemed as interminable as the month he held the Council chair.

The feast began with sturgeon, smoked salmon and caviar on bliny (Russian pancakes). Vodka flowed, but no toasts were exchanged. After soup came partridge stuffed with wild rice. After the salad trailed bowls of fresh pineapple and sherbet. Then followed filet mignon, vegetables, a magnificent baked Alaska, and fruit again. Cracked the U.S.'s Ernest Gross: "I thought the meal was over three times before it was." Asked if...

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