Success and failure. We think of them as opposites, but they're really not. They're companions - the hero and the sidekick.

— Laurence Shames

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I loved seeing my name in print, I loved seeing my words in print.

I felt really privileged to be in the kind of company I was in at Esquire, but I didn't think it was going to launch a career as a top-notch journalist. It's just not what I wanted.

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To write an article about someone and then to have that person murdered is disturbing.

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All of us ambitious young writers hoped to have a cover story in Esquire, of course. The idea was to write the best, most entertaining article that you can.

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I never intended to be a journalist. Frankly, I don't think I ever was a journalist. I backed into it.

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Why are we inspired by another person's courage? Maybe because it gives us the sweet and genuine surprise of discovering some trace, at least, of the same courage in ourselves.

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I listen to the Beatles all the time - in my car, at the gym.

The Beatles are still part of my life. And because of that, John Lennon - in life and in death - remains part of my life.

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When it became clear that Lennon was not going to speak with me, it really became a how-I-didn't-get-the-story story. It was a caper.

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I've never written a hard journalism piece in my life. I've never wanted to do that.

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