Lipton’s Journal/January 31, 1955/330

From Project Mailer

One other observation. It was the first time in years that I spoke into a tape recorder. What happened was that I spoke very slowly. But indeed everybody except rare birds like Winchell[1] speak slowly over the radio or television. The S is fantastically on guard, because it recognized the great danger one is in. So, that accounts for the fantastic pompousness of celebrities who have little to say, and the unbearable earnestness and suppressed anguish of the creative person when he speaks over a program. Everything in the self becomes slowed up as in Lipton’s. Only, with what a difference. One speaks in a state of deep receptivity to social danger.


  1. A newspaper and radio gossip columnist with a huge audience, Walter Winchell (1897-1972) supported the New Deal, but in the 1950s took a turn to the right and praised the communist witch hunts of Senator Joseph McCarthy.