Friday, July 24, 2009

John Burns on Anthony Blunt

"He describes coming under intense pressure from Burgess — depicted in histories of the period as a heavy-drinking, show-stealing egoist but in the memoir as “an extraordinarily persuasive person” — to join him in working for Soviet intelligence." How silly and petty. As if he can't be both: a heavy-drinking egoist who also is very persuasive.