ABSTRACT

One of the things that made Stanley stand out amid that group of highly talented students was that he always walked around carrying books and papers in a murky-green cloth bag. If I had been more knowledgeable about the world I would have known, as I was later told, that it was a Yale Book Bag from the place he had gone to school before the war. In the first conversation I ever had with Stanley he told me in detail about research he had done at Yale that had something to do with hangnails-yes, I remember that distinctly, hangnails. I remember very little else about that conversation, perhaps because after hearing “hangnails” I stopped listening.