Claire Berlinski is on a book tour:
A week of doing radio interviews has left me vaguely disgusted with myself. Honestly, if all you knew about Margaret Thatcher was what you'd heard me say in one of these interviews, you wouldn't know much. It's not for want of trying on my part, but there's just no time to make a serious argument this way.
Even as the words are coming out of my mouth, I'm thinking, "That doesn't really make sense if I don't explain the context; there's an obvious counter-argument; that's too simplistic." But I don't have time to elaborate, and the medium itself militates against equivocation and hesitation--you can't say, "Well, the answer is quite complicated..."
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