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Thu Sep 24, 2020, 12:47 PM

My Unlikely Friendship With Ruth Bader Ginsburg

'I was a young, African-American Southerner, working in a Republican administration. But I loved Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and that was enough for her.

Our improbable friendship began in 2002 at a Georgetown dinner party, and it began with music. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a Jewish urbanite who had just turned 69 and had been appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by a Democratic president. I was a 30-year-old African-American from the rural South who had recently arrived in Washington to serve as a special assistant to George W. Bush.

Aware of my status as the new kid on the block, I soon was put at ease at the dinner by the friendly man seated next to me, Marty Ginsburg. I’ll always remember our conversation.

So what do you do when you’re not working at the White House? he asked. I replied that listening to music and reading were my chief interests.

He turned and said, my wife and I love music; what are you listening to now?

When he learned that I was researching different renditions of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, he asked for my favorite. Without hesitation, I replied, “Glenn Gould, 1955.” Addressing his wife on the other side of the table, he said, “Ruth, you have to meet Eric.”

We continued to discuss music and many other interests for the next 17 years.'>>>


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Thu Sep 24, 2020, 01:33 PM

1. I hope RBG is enjoying this heavenly version of the Goldberg Variations right now...

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