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Ouyang Yu: ‘First Lady ‘

First Lady

Either Billy or Ed said

I ought to be president

Whereupon Don said, “Well, I

absolutely refuse to be First

Lady!” He laughed when he

said it and they all

laughed too, but it was

a curiously daring remark for

Don to make in that

circle, because he is always

a little afraid of embarrassing

them … by bringing up the

queerness thing.

Ouyang Yu

(Copied and re-arranged from a paragraph in Christopher Isherwood, Liberation: Diaries, Volume Three: 1970–1983, page 188.)

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