Sensing (Si): Max has an
incredible ability to sense the root potential in others, beneath their
absurdities; he has such profound knowledge of the craft of writing, and is
such an excellent line by line editor that he sees the bare bones potential in
Thomas Wolfe, after every other editor and publisher rejects his bloated first
manuscript. Max handles the tedium of shaving 90 thousand words off that book
with dedication, attentiveness to detail, and ruthless scrutiny… and then
spends two years wrestling with Wolfe over the word count on his next novel. He
develops more than just business relationships; he tries to foster intimate
relationships with his clients, and he stands with them through the good times
Thinking (Te): He can be a
workaholic, and sometimes neglects his family in the process; his wife accuses
him of living too much in novels, when “the real world needs you.” But Max is
one of the best editors in the business; under his detached, logical precision,
the greatest works of the modern age (Wolfe, Fitzgerald, Hemingway) take shape,
and many of them land on the bestseller list. His mantra is, if it distracts
from the meaning the author wants to convey, it has to go – even if it’s
beautiful. Max is detached enough, however, to confess that sometimes he
wonders if editors destroy the work they strive to hone into perfection; if it
was ideal, how it was… but the truth is, he doesn’t just strip a novel, he crafts it. Max can be frank and
confrontational, but only when pushed to it and for a purpose…
Feeling (Fi): … he feels
will build Wolfe’s character. He forces the author to stop his rant against
Fitzgerald’s laziness by pointing out that Wolfe has written 5 thousand words
today, and Fitzgerald is fortunate to write 100… on a good day, due to his financial
problems, his unstable wife, and his self-doubt after Gatsby bombed. Max has such strong personal feelings about certain
books that he prioritizes them above all, and gives it his all. Fitzgerald
observes of him that his greatest genius is not his literary accomplishments,
but his “genius for friendship.” Max is loyal to his friends, and always there
for them when they need him, even if it means parting with some cash to keep
them from starving, off the record, of course.
Intuition (Ne): He sees
through all the purple prose and metaphors to the greatness of Wolfe’s first
novel, and what it could become, in a more idealized state… but he has little
patience for ideas that detract from the main scope of the novel. He complains
that Wolfe keeps going off topic and inventing new stories (high Ne) when Max
is trying to get him to PARE DOWN.
Introverted Sensing (Si): Ann is pragmatic and down to earth. She can be hesitant to try new things, like taking a new job with City Hall or starting a new relationship. Leslie tires to push her to try new things and says sometimes “[Ann] ends up standing still” (S3e13). She is loyal to her friends. Her experiences and memories are important to her.
Extroverted Feeling (Fe): Ann is eager to please and cares about what people think about her. She seeks others approval for her decisions. It bothers her that April doesn’t like her, so she tries various approaches to get her to talk to her. She sometimes (especially towards the beginning of the series) adopts the personalities of the men she dates. She is a good friend and goes out of her way to make sure the people around her are happy. She is a nurse which is important to her because she likes to take care of people. She is usually polite and can read others.
Introverted Thinking (Ti): The main difference between Leslie and Ann is their tertiary functions. Ann is often encouraging Leslie to slow down and look at things logically, while Leslie encourages Ann to think bigger and embrace new ideas. When presented with new information, Ann breaks down the ideas to try to understand them. She asks lots of questions and points out others logical inconsistencies.
Extroverted Intuition (Ne): Ann is open to multiple possible futures for herself and others, but sometimes this makes her fearful for the future and hesitant to change. She gets along well with Leslie, because Leslie helps her see new possibilities and work towards them.