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  •  Like IF Stone, She Does Most of Her Work... (9+ / 0-)

    ..by reading.  Almost everyone can read, but she's one of those people who takes something almost everyone can do, and takes to a virtuoso level.  And she's not afraid of what she'll find or where her connections might lead.

    "Dignified people, without a whimsical streak, almost never offer fresh insights, in economics or anywhere else." Paul Krugman

    by Dana Houle on Wed May 13, 2009 at 09:35:01 PM PDT

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    •  Her advantage is that so much she reads ... (6+ / 0-)
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      ...is on-line and you can blow up the type.

      I.F. Stone went blind - literally - reading federal documents in ruby type. He wrote his last book on a Mac by blowing up the typeface as big as he could and squinting at it through his Coke-bottle glasses.

      "The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it." -Flannery O'Connor

      by Meteor Blades on Wed May 13, 2009 at 09:51:45 PM PDT

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      •  Another Similarity (5+ / 0-)
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        They both studied literature in foreign languages to discern the buried political subtext of ostensibly cultural or philosophical writing.  Stone, of course, did it late in life, when after taking on the US government for decades, learned ancient Greek and took on Plato to argue that Socrates, especially as presented by Plato, was a force against democracy.  

        Marcy came to this from studying comparative literature.  She did her doctoral work studying the Feuilleton writings in the Czechoslovakia in the 19th and 20th century, in Peron-era Argentina, and in 19th century France.  She told me the other night that she read the archives of the major nationalist paper in Prague, essentially reading about (iirc) 50 years of newspaper cultural commentary.  

        "Dignified people, without a whimsical streak, almost never offer fresh insights, in economics or anywhere else." Paul Krugman

        by Dana Houle on Wed May 13, 2009 at 10:00:55 PM PDT

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