by Tom Swift

I’ve seen you say that you don’t believe in small talk. Why not?

For one, it’s boring. Two, I’m a great believer in the logic of economics. Economists talk about opportunity cost. The opportunity cost of making small talk is that I can’t get a lot of other things done. Patience, to me, is not a great virtue, because it cuts down on the things you can do.

-Andy Greene, interviewing Barney Frank, “The Last Word,” Rolling Stone, 8-11-2016