Director friend: “You really need to write your memoirs. Have you ever tried? You’d sell them and they’d likely become a film or TV series.”

HE: “I am writing my memoirs, after a fashion.”

Director friend: “Good for you! I think you could make a fortune. Your life has been interesting, very interesting. And, honestly, nobody in journalism writes better than you.”

HE: “By ‘after a fashion’ I meant that I’m writing them in daily column form.”

Director friend: “Increase your ambition…Jesus!You will end up making seven figures in the end. Fucking Glieberman wrote a memoir. So can you.”

HE: What was it that Terry Malloy said about ambition? ‘I always figured I’d live a little bit longer without it.'”