About 6 weeks ago I was notified by Foreign Policy magazine that I would make their list of “100 Global Thinkers” this year. I didn’t mention this in the blog because I assumed it must have been some sort of mix-up on their part. But sure enough there’s my name on the list. And not in the high 90s, where I expected to be. (Who’s that other person at 15 . . . some guy named Ben Bernanke.)
Thursday I leave for Washington DC and get to meet the other 99 (or that portion of global thinkers that shows up at the dinner.) Hillary Clinton will be the speaker. I’ve never actually met anyone famous, so this will be interesting. There are also some events during the day—seminars with foreign policy experts. Foreign policy is one of my many weak areas, perhaps my weakest.
We were asked to fill out a form with questions such as what were the three best books we had read over the past year. I should have mentioned Javier Marias’s Your Face Tomorrow, but forgot that I had read it. It’s also a book that is loosely related to foreign policy.
Found out today that the gala event requires business attire. I suppose that means a dark suit. I checked in the closet and my only business suit (not worn in 25 years) had some holes, and was a bit tight around the waist. So I bought my first suit in 30 years or so.
I’ll be very busy between now and the end of the year, with an enormous amount of grading to do. So I’ll probably do less blogging, and may be very slow in responding to emails.
PS. Travis sent me the link for my testimony on Capitol Hill with David Beckworth.
PPS. Tyler Cowen was on last year’s list. He told me that most of the politicians don’t show up for the dinner. And two people could not show up because they were in prison (not in the US, needless to say.) Fortunately one of them has been released, and now tops the FP 100 list. A great woman.
PPPS. Narayana Kocherlakota was number 10 on the list. Quite of few others made it as well, although I haven’t had time to work through the entire list.
Now that I’m looking at the complete list, maybe I shouldn’t have bought the cheapest suit in the store.
Update: This link has all 100 plus faces in an easy to read screen that scrolls down (see bottom of page.)