Talking the Talk 

Cal linguistics professor John McWhorter has become a darling of the right, installed on national talk shows and courted by Clarence Thomas. What's a good liberal doing in a place like this?

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"Well, I read Russian."

Stony-faced, McWhorter waited to hear what he had to say next. But the man just smiled warmly, said, "Yeah!" and turned and walked away.

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