Will I ever forget the time and place where I first heard the phrase, 'the decisive moment'?
It was about the same time I first listened to Love, the band led by Arthur Lee, and their incomparable LP, "Forever Changes."
Asked the other night whether I liked or disliked the Vermentino--a white Italian wine--served at dinner I answered that it possessed, "an inward dryness." This wasn't 'wine-talk', this was the wine talking directly to me, without an intermediary.
Hearing myself say such a thing, I think, "Brooks, you shouldn't have said that, you might be suspected of being Republican." And then I remember that Balzac was republican, as was Stendhal.