16-year-old Nikki Hollis said: “I’ve had tickets to his talk about the Spanish Civil War at the O2 Arena for months, it was the first time I was going to see a Marxist historian live. (…)
Counsellor Tom Logan said: “I try telling the girls that most of the professors they’re into are homosexuals in their late 60s but they just say I’m jealous.”
Rick McGinnis writes about reading Hobsbawm (and Paul Johnson):
I found most of the ideological leftists I knew to be cynics, from the college classmate who espoused the revolution of the working class but could be found in summer floating in the pool at his girlfriend’s house in Rosedale, to the Chilean Marxist who sponged constantly off his wife’s parents while fucking around on her at every opportunity.
Reading Hobsbawm made it easy for me to imagine how they could do it with a smile on their face.