Insurance policies may be balm for the afflicted, but they are murder on the English language.Hard to imagine now that just a third of a century ago, insurance companies actually paid out in the case of disaster, or at least were regarded as reliable enough to to count as a "balm".
But the author, Margalit Fox, gives some play to Shenker's interest in language. By coincidence, I just looked at an old article by Shenker, called "Former Chomsky Disciplines Hurl Harsh Words at the Master" from Sept 10, 1972. It was folded inside a copy of the first edition of John Lyons' book Noam Chomsky, in the Viking series Modern Masters. It provides a contemporary account of the Generative Semantics battles probably most familiar to younger linguists (= those who didn't live through them) from Randy Allen Harris's great Linguistics Wars.