what they knew

The best insider fly-on-the-wall books work on two levels: They appeal to the layman with a passing interest in the subject because of the sheer drama of the story. But they also wow sophisticated insiders (excuse the wordplay) with new details that make them rethink what they knew about the topic. This book may work on the first level, but it doesn’t work on the second.

-Andrew Ross Sorkin ‘An Insider-Trading Tale That Reads Like a Thriller‘ The New York Times

But keep in mind that in the United States almost nobody who reads, writes or does arithmetic gets much respect. We are a land of talkers, we pay talkers the most and admire talkers the most, and so our children talk constantly, following the public models of television and schoolteachers.

-John Taylor Gatto ‘Why schools don’t educate

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