"I feel that I have known Irving Howe all my life, although I may have been in the same room with him five times and exchanged no more than a few sentences with him each time."
"For some people, their lives would be empty and unfulfilled without music."
"When I was about five years old, my mother 'enrolled' me in the Isaac Gerson Foundation Hebrew Day Nursery. "
"In six days, the United States will, hopefully, be electing a new president, and, thinking about it, I found myself reliving the first presidential election that I am able to remember."
"I was 12 years old and had been going to Hebrew school for about three years."
"Lenny Rubin was the first friend I made after entering City College in September 1945."
"In 1933, I was five years old. My father had died in 1931, and my mother was finally able to come to grips with the fact that we should move from our four-room Beck Street apartment in the Bronx, to a smaller apartment that would cost less."
"When I was about nine years old, my mother began a routine which we followed until I was a teen-ager..."
"As soon as school ended in June of 1942, I started to look for a summer job."
"The fall of 1947 was much like the fall of 1946 and 1945: classes at CCNY started right after Labor Day and I had a heavy schedule."