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On Substance and Style

From my interview with Claudia Goldin about Larry Summers: "His style is our sort of style. Economists dress one way, and people in the English department dress another way. My friends in other departments--non-economics, non-science--wear just lovely clothes and beautiful jewelry, and their nails are elegantly shaped and their hair is nicely coiffed. Style is very important to them, and it is almost nothing to us....It's the bravado, it's the rough edges, of Larry that annoy people. People who spend a lot of time on their personal dress also spend a lot of time in choosing their words--in universities that is."

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