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Dilemma in New York

Howard Fast, in Being Red, p. 353:

Fortune magazine was preparing an article about the Communist movement in America, and they telephoned to ask whether I would be interviewed. I told them that I was no longer a member of the party but that I would be willing to be interviewed. Nevertheless, when the Fortune article appeared in January 1957, it carried the news that I had left the party. On the day of its appearance, Harry Schwartz, an editor of The New York Times, called me and demanded to know whether the Fortune piece was right.
I said it was. Then he said, didn't I know that this was a story of world importance? I said that had not really occurred to me, with all that was happening in the world, and that I actually did not give a damn. He argued me into giving him a short statement, and the following day it appeared on the front page of The New York Times. For what it was worth, the world knew.

The section, among the articles on Communism, that first reports Fast's non-party-membership to the world, was contained in one small paragraph on page 238 of the Fortune issue:

It would be foolish to underestimate Communist hypocrisy in peddling the party line; but foolish also to fail to see the grotesquely misplaced sincerity of many Communists. Howard Fast, the novelist, who is no longer a member of the party, recently recalled with some chagrin the time when he told a university audience that if Stalin were to take any actions contrary to the best interest of the Soviet people, he could be immediately removed from office. "At that time," Fast says, "I firmly believed what I said." [color and underline added]

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