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" I'd been reading Albert Goldman's book on Lennon and it so offended me. It was one thing Goldman taking on Elvis with that kind of East Coast sneering voice; his Elvis book was a portrait of white trash from an intellectual's perspective...."

---- Does this phrase mean that he wrote this book from one perspective only????
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What is the following sentence?

'I was one thing' is usually paired up with something like 'but it's another when...' but or 'it's something else...' or even just 'but' with the comparison implied

It's a way of saying that the first thing is ok (but with a hint of disaproval), but the second (probably similar) thing isn't.

Example

It's one thing to have a beer with your dinner, but a bottle of whiskey...
What is the following sentence?

'I was one thing' is usually paired up with something like 'but it's another when...' but or 'it's something else...' or even just 'but' with the comparison implied

It's a way of saying that the first thing is ok (but with a hint of disaproval), but the second (probably similar) thing isn't.

Example

It's one thing to have a beer with your dinner, but a bottle of whiskey...
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What is the following sentence?

'I was one thing' is usually paired up with something like 'but it's another when...' but or 'it's something else...' or even just 'but' with the comparison implied

It's a way of saying that the first thing is ok (but with a hint of disaproval), but the second (probably similar) thing isn't.

Example

It's one thing to have a beer with your dinner, but a bottle of whiskey...
What is the following sentence?

'I was one thing' is usually paired up with something like 'but it's another when...' but or 'it's something else...' or even just 'but' with the comparison implied

It's a way of saying that the first thing is ok (but with a hint of disaproval), but the second (probably similar) thing isn't.

Example

It's one thing to have a beer with your dinner, but a bottle of whiskey...
I wouldn't say so. It's sort of a fixed expression or idiom. "It was one thing A doing B, but when A did C, that was just too much." "It was bad enough that A did B, but ect." "It will be bad enough if A does B, but etc." "It would be / would have been etc. etc. etc."

I assume the other shoe drops after the end of your quote.

It was one thing (bad enough) doing it to Elvis, but doing it to Lennon was beyond the pale.
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....intellectual's perspective and telling the world what was really going on in the court of the king. In a way his book on Lennon was an abject failure because Lennon had already told us everything about himself.

--- So it says that he wrote bad things about Elvis, but what he wrote about Lennon was even worse, right?
This is embarrassing. It'doesn't explicitly say that. I think Nona and I were both expecting the usual format. But he leaves us to assume for ourselves. He just jumps right to the "Ha Ha, the joke's on you! Lennon stole your thunder!"

I have to say that the pattern is so common, he must have felt that by stating the antecedent phrase we would naturally assume the consequent phrase.
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What about "East Coast sneering voice"? Is he trying to say that writers from the East Coast write in this particular way?
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