When I arrive for my noon lunch with Lina Khan, the legal wunderkind who is reshaping the global debate over competition and corporate power, I am alarmed to find that our venue, a Turkish spot in midtown New York, is deserted. What’s more, the lone waitress seems to have only just arrived. Her coat and hat are still on, and she’s huddled by a space heater in the chilly dining room, fumbling with a stack of menus. Swamped with work, Khan hadn’t had time to book a restaurant, simply sending a one-line email about her preferences: “Quiet? Middle Eastern/Thai/Midtown?” I’m already feeling regretful I didn’t suggest one of Midtown’s familiar business lunch spots. Fortunately, Khan arrives with a thick coat and an obliging smile, waving off my apologies for the choice of venue — “to me, anything from semigood food to amazing food is great,” she says, gamely — and peppering me with questions and compliments. It’s hard to believe that this unassuming 30-year-old scholar, working in the lon...

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