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"One of the best was writing for The Awl these past six months." "Was"? I hope you aren't leaving already. This post, like so many others of yours, is simply terrific, easily the best thing I've read today (and I read far too much). Then again, this country is a bad place to grow old, so I couldn't blame you for heading somewhere better, if that's what you're up to. Anyhow, if you're leaving The Awl but planning on writing somewhere else, do tell us where, so we can read you there.
No need to read about it - we'll probably feel the tramping from all the way across the Atlantic.
"When will we get some actual economists on Twitter." Well, there's
Granted, it's just announcements of blog posts and columns by The Shrill One. But actually writing or reading anything longer than a one-line joke on Twitter is a form of masochism anyway.
Ah, Tom Lehrer, or, as I call him, America's greatest living satirist. Hardly a day goes by without at least one of his ditties coming to mind. Although almost all of them are over 40 years old, they're still terribly topical in this sad country.
I bet the rats are less yappy.
Of course, teenagers will soon be quitting Twitter because it's full of old people (cf. http://www.theawl.com/2013/04/teenagers-quitting-facebook-because-its-full-of-old-people). So by the time all these media types figure out Twitter, it'll be time to follow the most sought-after demographics to some other venue(s).
"The magic of Twitter has even reversed this satanic curse": Oh nooo, Preciousss! Haven't you heard? Twitter is itself the spawn of Satan. This is merely the next phase in the fulfillment of the curse: from literally stinking hobos to figuratively stinking yuppies.
The really good questions are (1) how much is each school spending on its basketball program and (2) how much of that is taken from tuition? Awhile back, it was widely reported that Rutgers, for example, was heavily subsidizing its money-losing football program with student fees. As a former employee of an institution allegedly of higher education whose highest-paid employee was, however, its basketball coach, I'm idly curious how widespread this distinctively American form of chicanery has become.
Will Twitchy start the Iran War? (Probably not, but not for lack of trying.)
Cats, on the other hand, rarely express emotions about the human condition, having recognized long ago that we are their inferiors, so really, what else can one expect of us?
"...the whole thing is hurtling toward the cosmic dustbin with a cinderblock on the accelerator as it tosses empties out the window while blasting deadmau5 from the speakers.": This is why I read The Awl.