Some time while I worked at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld (1988-1991) I was standing in an elevator area of the firm.  A senior firm partner, Joel Jankowsky, was chatting with someone (whose identity I no longer recall).  He was facing the individual he was chatting with, but oddly, at the moment he uttered the following phrase, Mr. Jankowsky turned, looked at me and smiled: “He needs to be cleaned out.”  Yes, he actually said that.  “He needs to be cleaned out.”  I interpreted the statement, in my paranoid fashion, as relating to me and I saw it as an anal reference.  It’s as if he were saying, “His ideas are s–t.”  The anti-Semitic musicians of the Vienna Philharmonic used to refer to Mahler’s music as “Scheisse musik.”

At that moment I thought: He talks just like an anti-Semite!

Do I have a knack for spotting them — or what?

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