Dear Professor McCloskey, I met you briefly at the EHA Meetings at Rutgers when I was the secretary of Professor Tom Weiss at KU. I was so impressed by you since I saw and when I listened to your speech I was astounded with the strength, the wisdom and the conviction you convey. You told me that to fight the establishment I had to be one of them, so I finished my PhD from Kansas a couple of years ago. It took me way over 2 years to write a CGE with four countries involved! I returned to Caracas three weeks ago. I cannot but think of all those people that love the revolution only when happens somewhere elseâ€¦It is almost a crime to be a free-market person here. I would love to receive some wise words from you about the tragedy we are living here. Thank you for fighting for all of us. You look so beautiful and happy that it makes me believe there is "divine justiceâ€ after all.
With all my respect, Marian Martinez
Dear Prof. McCloskey
Over this past weekend I have read your article called "On not even knowing Frenchâ€ and your book on "Economical Writingâ€ – a book which I wish I had read even before becoming a graduate student. For the very first time my writing mistakes have been pointed out under chapter headings (which was comforting in some way, because it implied that the mistakes were not unique). Although some people might experience this kind of criticism to be intimidating, I found it to be invaluable and encouraging to work hard on improving my writing. Thank you so much for this wonderful gift! It has made me enthusiastic about the whole writing experience and I can't wait to put the book's lessons in action.
Your article on being monolingual was most entertaining and I admire your determination to continue trying to learn various languages (especially my mother tongue, Afrikaans). To answer the question that you (perhaps rhetorically) pose in your writing: "ouâ€ in Afrikaans is always pronounced like "ohâ€ in English.
It has been wonderful to meet you in person and I wish you all the best.
Vriendelike groete from Stellenbosch