As related by Ben Rogers in "A. J. Ayer: A Life," Ayer -- small, frail, slight as a sparrow and then 77 years old -- was entertaining a group of models at a New York party when a girl ran in screaming that her friend was being assaulted in a bedroom. The parties involved turned out to be Tyson and Naomi Campbell. "Do you know who . . . I am?" Tyson asked in disbelief when Ayer urged him to desist: "I'm the heavyweight champion of the world." "And I am the former Wykeham professor of logic," Ayer answered politely. "We are both pre-eminent in our field. I suggest that we talk about this like rational men."
Monday, January 28, 2008
Yglesias is right, this article about AJ Ayer is worth reading, but the opening anecdote is unbeatable: