The Press: Brother Act

Hollywood could never cast Columnist Joseph Wright Alsop Jr. in its stock role of the slouch-hatted, wisecracking newsman. He does not look the part, and he was not brought up to play it. Instead of the rough-&-tumble school of the police beat, he went to Groton and Harvard, where he wandered around with volumes of Proust and Joyce under his arm and thought politics beneath discussion. His silk shirts and tailored suits are as out of character as his high-pitched "ah there" voice. He exudes a cultivated and imperious air.

Notwithstanding his man-of-distinction look,...

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