Conferences are terrible. But. It keeps a network alive - both literally and figuratively. Throw three conferences a year, get Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell and Lance Arms....er Diana Nyad to speak. Bosses come with their spouses, shell out some dough, see a Broadway show, get an autograph, go home with a pocket full of business cards - while you've financed an editor and five writers for a year.
Wait. Did you write this book? I want more. You finally got me at Devil's Lake, my family's camping spot growing up.
The critique of stewart/colbert was not particularly convincing, or even damning. However, it touches on a troubling byproduct of these two shows, namely, the unearned audience embrace of cynicism (and often, triumphalism).
Love. Good. Teachers.
@Matthew Phelan $100. Easy.
Not to freak you guys out or anything, but you are currently on Karl Rove's secret list of bearded men.
Choire -- know any folks that have done a good job covering this beat?
@Ham_Snadwich this is illuminating: http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/63587/christopher-hitchens/just-causes?page=4&cid=soc-facebook-in-review_essays-just_causes-121611
though its still a royal fuck up.