One’s a scholar and an indefatigable investigative reporter. The other is a consummate character actor who can play any role, from comedic to tragic, with absolutely convincing invisibility with respect to the act of acting.
What do they have in common for me? Very few people I would rather have dinner with. The possibility of real conversation with both of them is practically irresistible. Don’t feel that way too often. My intuition is that they are equally good at thinking, listening, and talking without bombast. Measured men.
A rare and wonderful virtue these days.