As a small aside, I will say that people who write columns for the Times catch a lot from people like me. That will continue. But doing this now for a second summer, I have to say it is extraordinarily difficult to come up with something smart to say, say it exactly right, and make it sound good in 800 words. I can't really imagine having to do that twice a week. I just don't have enough ideas or, frankly, the skills. It is a really hard job. I actually think the entire form could use some fresh thinking.What an admirably honest admission. And a great idea there in the last sentence.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic yesterday, citing his Sunday New York Times op-ed and the debate it generated, threw in this bit at the end of the blog item: