Ari Gold, as everyone knows, is copying from the playbook of Ari Emanuel. But Ari Emanuel,and pretty much everybody like him, is imitating, intentionally or otherwise, Sammy Glick. Glick, the poor Lower East Side kid who screws over everyone in his efforts to make it as a Hollywood hotshot, is the protagonist of What Makes Sammy Run, the classic of both American and Jewish literature whose author,Budd Schulberg, just died. It was the book that Schulberg, whose father B.P, was production chief at Paramount, was literally born to write. He was no one hit wonder, and he continued to write important novels and screenplays, including the boxing exposeThe Harder They Fall(later made into a film starring Humphrey Bogart), and of course, On the Waterfront. Schulberg’s life was not without controversy, and during the 1940’s, he named names before HUAC. While the traditional leftie account of things makes that period one of readily identifiable good guys and bad guys, naming names was not as clear cut as Seinfeld makes it out to be. While there were any number of good reasons why an idealistic young man, like Schulberg himself, would join the party in the ’30’s, there are equally compelling reasons why a disillusioned middle-aged one would turn against it many years and millions of victims of Stalin later. And while HUAC certainly abused its authority, the Party itself had long imposed censorship and squashed dissent among its members (and used their influence against its enemies). Ultimately, though, Schulberg should be judged by the standard of all great writers–not by what he said, but by what he wrote.