The Ballad of Chuck And Frank
A convenient fabrication -- it gives him a foil and the story drama -- but a foolish one because it can be checked.
I don't understand. What's one more nobel lie between neo-friends? I thought convenient fabrications - especially ones which provide necessary drama (or, if you ask David Brooks, "poetry") - were an essential part of the program. Guess once you leave the inner-party they revoke your dramatic licence and you're stuck judiciously studying - and accurately reporting - the events in which history's actors engage. Poetry for the privileged but reality for the rubes. And when you leave the party you can bet you're just a rube. Someone explain to me (again) how these guys were such stalwart anti-communists.