What did we learn? Good question! Well, if given the choice between fighting one panda-sized David Plotz and 100 David Plotz-sized pandas, Mr. Swansburg would choose the latter. In the event of a Zombie attack, Mr. Swansburg “would surrender immediately and throw [himself] on the mercy of the undead,” he wrote. But then again, he is “not a zombie guy, never have been.” Sometimes, his own writing can be a powerful tool for social change. For example, ever since he wrote about how much he hates birthday dinners in 2008, Mr. Swansburg hasn’t been invited to a single one. He views this accomplishment as a direct result of his seminal piece. Read More
New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson will answer “selected readers’ questions in an online forum“ today and tomorrow. So start thinking. What do you really want to know about The New York Times?
In his first act as governor-elect, Andrew Cuomo just issued a press release saying he wouldn’t mind sopping up some federal money from other states.
Cuomo wrote a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood asking to be considered if newly-elected governors in Ohio and and Wisconsin turn down the money, as they’ve pledged to do. Read More