Do you remember the line about how all clever economists were tall, with the exceptions of Milton Friedman and John Kenneth Galbraith? Clever or not, the 6’8″ Galbraith was one of the wittiest of economists, and under a pseudonym once wrote a book mocking academic jargon called The McLandress Dimension. The Dimension in question measured the amount of time a person could spend without thinking of himself, scored from 100 (1 second) to 1 (60 minutes).
Today’s winner is unquestionably the new junior senator from Massachusetts. I once received a six-page letter from her, the gist of which was that I had written an article on bankruptcy law and had failed to cite her. She is the kind of person Tom Wolfe had in mind when he wrote that university buildings have windows which are hermetically sealed, for otherwise the stench of ego would blast the birds from the trees.
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