JS: --never met before?
SL: [unt] never mentioned you[?]. They hadn’t met. Isn’t that funny? It must have been quite a night. Where did you eat?
JS: At a place called Mirabella’s on the Sunset Strip. It’s near Bob’s place.
In fact, he usually has a table all to himself when he sits there. I must tell you--interrupt your little gossip--when we ate there last time, Bob came, and always dominates the table discussion, and the waiter kind of knows about it--
SL: Who could dominate anything with you there, Julie?
JS: Wait a min--no, I’m about to tell you. So I introduced the fellow who was sitting with me, and the waiter: “Really?” It was Ray Bradbury. He happened to be a Ray Bradbury fan. Bob was in--
SL: Great, that’s great. Yeah, that’s a good story.
JS: I won’t interrupt anymore.
JS: Here’s a question: If you had written a story and it came out approximately six months later, did you re-read it?
SL: Some of them I did. Some of them I did, yes. But I didn’t have time, just like today [unt as Julie interrupts]
JS: The reason I say that, sometimes I say, “Hey, this story isn’t as good as I thought it was six months ago, and you can see why.” I did that all the time even though I edited almost word for word--six months later, it’s different. And covers--”God,” I said, “How’d I ever do a cover like that?!” You must have had that experience.
SL: No, I was my biggest fan, I loved my--I’ll tell ya, I [unt] today, if I’m working on a movie, some development, and I have to go back and research an old story--I’ll read an old THOR, or an old IRON MAN, or a DOCTOR STRANGE that I did a million years ago--”Jesus, I didn’t know I was this good! WOW!! My god, was I writing this? It’s the funniest thing! I love it!”
JS: [unt]. Did he say, “I have no recollection of even writing this story!”
JS: Did Bernstein work for you? He was a very bright boy, but we could never--he was very wordy, he could never stop writing. Do you remember that?