To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself... Anybody can have ideas, the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph. -- Mark Twain
Friday, January 4, 2013
An Exceptional Woman
Beate Sirota Gordon has just died.
She was one of those amazing women who flew under the radar and only in the late years of her life received the accolades she deserved. What did she do? As a 22 year old member of MacArthur's staff in post-war Japan, she drafted a provision of the new Japanese constitution enshrining rights for women for the first time. Read her amazing story here.