STAN continued, ‘whether he’s a man of action or a man of words.’
THEO lives in the time when ‘actions speak louder than words’ means an entirely different thing than it did in Stan’s day, when running the rails like some wannabe Kerouac was the response to being free.
Now, it was never so black and white, as the New York Times would make you feel – and journalists? Who were these crackpot journeymen? Who am I with my esoteric Columbia degree? Credentials are made in Japan (1971 this was what China is today – cheap & a threat to American jobs aka factory generations–his first beat).
Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.