Paul From Minneapolis

Monday, April 17, 2006

Update to post below.

Let's revisit Katrina Vanden Heuvel:

"Bill Coffin, as his friends knew him..."

You know, that's actually pretty interesting. I would have assumed his friends knew him as "the Reverend William Sloane, Coffin, Jr." As in, "Hey, the Reverend William Sloane Coffin, Jr., we're all goin' to see the Mets, ya interested?" or "The Reverend William Sloan Coffin, Jr., seriously, you're parked behind me and I gotta get going now" or "Oh, I forgot to tell you, the Reverend William Sloane Coffin Jr., Katrina Vanden Heuvel says hello. Katrina. Vanden Heuvel. Hoi-vuhl. Works for The Nation. Whatever, she says hello."

But no, it was"Bill Coffin" to his friends, and actually it's not surprising at all. Bill was the godfather of Civil Disobedience; it'd just be weird - sort of pro-institutional or something - for a guy like that to insist on being called "the Reverend William Sloane Coffin, Jr." By everybody, all the time. (Although I'm sure there were cases he was tempted.)