Paul Krugman on Celebrity Life

Question: What is the hard part of your work?

Paul Krugman: I don’t like being in my . . . in my public persona.  There’s . . . there’s a lot of abuse involved. There’s a lot of ... stuff.  I try to avoid it myself, but I probably don’t fully succeed.  But there are people who will, if you are saying things they would rather not have people hear, they will go after you personally.  I really hate going on talk TV which is, you know . . . which are largely shouting matches, but it has to be done.  You know I take no pleasure in all of that. I’m a lot better than I was.  You first get into it and it’s pretty shocking.  At this point yeah.  I’ve got . . . I’ve got calluses all over.

I have calluses all over, says Krugman.

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