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Michael DirdaMany memoirs try hard to re-create past moments, the arguments around the family dinner table, the horrors of poverty, the elation of first love. But Aaron, now in his 90s, eschews all this scene-setting and melodrama. Instead, he pointedly tells us just what he thought of the many presidents under whom he has lived (starting with Woodrow Wilson) and modestly reflects on some of his students, friends, teachers and colleagues. As a graduate assistant at Harvard, he graded the English assignments of "an intense hungry-looking fellow" named Norman Mailer as well as the "so-so examination paper" of John Kennedy. One of his good pals back then was the poet Charles Olson.
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