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William Watson: ‘I, Ballpoint’ misses the point—at least a little

You live long enough you really do see everything.I hold in my hands my copy of the Little Red Book, quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung, which I bought sometime in the late 1960s for the very reasonable price, the inner flap says, of 50 cents ($3.49 in $2016, the Bank of Canada Inflation Calculator tells me).What can I say? I was a teenager. Rebellion was in the air. And Mao had a very good press in those days, though mainly because China was, as was often said at the time, like the far side of the moon—no one in the

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