Gould's rules were, as usual, quite rigid. You did not call him; he called you. If you called him, you got an answering service (though he often eavesdropped on another phone). He might or might not call you back, when he chose (always late at night), and for as long as he chose. Often for hours on end, Gould would read some new manuscript that he just written, or some new version of some manuscript, or he would sing at great length some new musical discovery. Occasionally, at two or three in the morning, one of his listeners would drift off to sleep, and then wake to the sound of Gould sharply asking, "Hello? Hello? Are you there?"
Otto Friedrich, Glenn Gould: A Life and Variations
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