[Same interview, 1983]
My mother would say I was very vain about certain things. I would show off. I think I would show off how much I knew and this sort of thing. I was an insufferable little show-off, I’ll say that, actually.
[Moderator’s note: HN was prone to caustic criticism, and three categories of people who were the target of particularly strong vitriol were politicians, the military, and academics, particularly religious academics. We should point out, however, that there were also times when he spoke of those same people with high praise and even admiration. We’ll try to post some of those as well, but they are, admittedly, harder to find.]