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Of Women, Jews and iPads: Foxes and Hedgehogs

The iPad is a fox.

In his book about Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, Sir Isaiah Berlin famously quoted a fragment of Archilochus who distinguishes between fox and hedgehog: “The fox knows many little things. The hedgehog knows one big thing.” The former (like Tolstoy) were cunning whereas the latter (Dostoevsky) were utterly effective. Both had their merits, as long as the fox was cunning enough and the hedgehog prickly enough.

The iPad doesn’t do a lot of things, and it only does them one at a time, but it is certainly foxy rather than hedgehoggy. And it’s the reason that Amazon (Kindle), Barnes and Noble (Nook) and Sony (Sony Digital Reader) are worried that T.S. Eliot was right and that April (iPad launch month) is indeed “the cruellest month.

What has this to do with women and Jews?

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