Being with him made you feel better about yourself, recalls Jeremy Mortimer, son of the writer and libertarian, who died on Friday.
from The Telegraph, 18 Jan 2009
My father was a man of many contradictions, which was one of the fascinating things about him. Growing up with him was never predictable.
He was the most stoical hypochondriac, for instance: when he had a cold, he would say that he felt like he was dying. Yet when he was actually dying, and suffering a great deal, he was extraordinarily brave.
Another example was his intolerant libertarianism. He believed passionately in people's freedom to do things, but he could also get incredibly irritated when they did things he didn't approve of.
He didn't understand the concept of patience. Attention, service, champagne – there was no time to waste. It was the same with his work. If he wasn't writing, often two or three things at once, he wasn't really living.