When Dan Rather takes your hand, it is a benediction. Straight-on eye contact, grasping your hand, placing his spare hand on top, blessing you.
The Moviegoer and The Sportswriter are pretty much the same book. Additionally, I am thoroughly relating to the both. The latter has a chapter where the main character conducts an interview, and wow, I’ve been there. Trying to connect, can’t connect, someone’s an open wound.
What does that mean for state of mind?