Cynicism is New York sanctimony. This beats parts of the world whose sanctimony is sanctimony, but it can get bone-deep tiring. Vince makes it easier than not for people in his sphere to care unabashedly about things. Lucky people! Not to need a defensive carapace for one's passions defines success in New York for me. Thank you, Vincent.
Thank you, managing editor Doug Simmons. When I requested the rare, always begrudged indulgence of an extra day to thrash out the present column, you said, ''Oh, all right. But really, Peter, this has to be the last time!'' Damn, I am going to miss this place.