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1970 "Now he realized that the great era of bipartisan plundering of America had begun."

From The Complete History of Adam Panflick Book Nine (in progress)


We left our hero scratching his head in the wake of the Duffey Senate campaign (1970) when logic told him there was a way to win. Now he realized that the great era of bipartisan plundering of America had begun. There would be no way to win for decades upon decades.

Adam wrote to his friend Lew and asked what they should do. The result of this initiative was a decision to continue doing what he had begun to do when they moved to Stockbridge. Adam printed up some tasteful stationery, headed Network Associates. He and Lew would build a new network from the ashes of Jonathan's Wake. Were one capable of taking seriously such an enterprise, there might have been some future in it. But Adam merely admired the black on brownish writing paper and nothing ever came of it. 

It then occurred to Adam that he might get a job in the Berkshires. He drove up to Pittsfield and walked into The Berkshire Eagle on Eagle Street. A half hour later he emerged with a job as an assistant to the editorial writer whose name was Roger Linscott. To call Roger crusty would be a misnomer, but not entirely. Still, he had the aura of one who could well have shone among the highest luminaries of his profession, were it not for a scintilla of rejection of the sacrifices such a path ever entails. 

Roger, in short, was a person of stature, Gary Cooper-like. All Adam could have hoped for in a colleague. 

Thus situated, Adam contented himself with producing one or two editorials a day, hardly demanding. One day he wrote a short description of a thunder storm which had come and gone. He was a bit perturbed to see Roger, ordinarily languid, burst into his cubicle and exclaim, "Did you write that?" 

He thrust the page with the piece under Adam's nose.

"Of course," Adam responded, wondering if he was in trouble.

"That is the best piece of prose I have ever read. It is perfect."


The point of this incident is to demonstrate that Adam had little capacity to determine whether his work possessed quality or not. It was odd. But it was the case. And predictably the paragraph has been long lost.

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Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…