Confirmation From Norman Podhoretz

Dear Jonah Goldberg:

It’s true that Al Pacino was the Commentary office boy for about a

year–or maybe only six months or so–in 1960 or 1961. The magazine was then

definitely in its leftwing phase, but I don’t think Pacino cared one way or

the other. He was then studying acting and probably took the job instead of

waiting tables. Anyhow, he was good at it: cheerful and competent and

willing to do whatever was asked of him.

I haven’t seen him since, except on the big screen, though if I remember

rightly, there was a time when he told interviewers about having worked

briefly as an office boy at Commentary.

Yours,

Norman Podhoretz

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