Great minds . . . and all of that . . . I also was fascinated by the "Comrade Auden" piece. Ever since studying Auden's work and life more closely a number of years ago (especially in connection with his affiliation with his eclectic roommates at #7 Middagh Street in Brooklyn in the 40s), I find Auden's personal life an irresistible topic (even though that is a suspect strategy for examining and appreciating an author's work). In any event, Auden lived at a time when anecdotes about his political, spiritual, social, and romantic tendencies could fill volumes.