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May 10, 2005

You Read, I Work

Campus Progress just posted an article of mine exploring those home-schooled, deeply religious youngsters who keep getting publishing contracts and syndication deals despite a lack of noticeable talent (save maybe Ben Ferguson, who seems reasonably on top of things). I'm pretty happy with the piece, which also covers Michelle Malkin, Ward Connerly, and all the other conservatives who get trotted out in front of the cameras when their skin tone is needed to to sell a policy. Go read it.

Speaking of talentless youngsters getting ahead in life, this morning, The American Prospect offered, and I accepted, their fellowship position. There's no doubt that the main reason I got the job was this blog and all you folks who read it. So thanks very, very much. It's a hell of a birthday present.

(and come out to the bar tonight! Details below!)

(and read my CP piece! It's got a money back guarantee!)

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Mazeltov on the fellowship! That's awesome. Lunch on me when you get back to DC.

Posted by: Haggai | May 10, 2005 4:55:25 PM

congratulations, Ezra. You more than deserve it.

Posted by: verplanck colvin | May 10, 2005 5:07:52 PM

Woohoo! Congratulations, Ezra!

Posted by: Electoral Math | May 10, 2005 5:10:39 PM

Congratulations on the fellowship! Couldn't have happened to a better blogger.

Posted by: LizardBreath | May 10, 2005 5:17:52 PM

Congrats on the Prospect gig!

Posted by: praktike | May 10, 2005 5:18:30 PM

Congratulations, Ezra! I hope you have a great time there, at least until the DOJ busts them for setting up a monopoly on young liberal wonk talent.

Posted by: Ethical Werewolf | May 10, 2005 5:21:36 PM

Gratz Ezra! What a great birthday present.

Posted by: fiat lux | May 10, 2005 5:25:49 PM

Congratulations. God that is good news.

Posted by: bob mcmanus | May 10, 2005 5:26:17 PM

Congrats! You definitely deserve to have your writing read far and wide. And some money to. I just hope it doesn't detract from your blog. Happy Birthday!

Posted by: TJon | May 10, 2005 6:33:50 PM

congrats man, that kicks ass.

I was a little disappointed in one of my best friends from high school as he's in Ben's law school class up at Harvard. He's yet to meet the little charmer.

and screw cali, you guys should come out and drink on the east coast sometime.

Posted by: slapshot57 | May 10, 2005 6:35:40 PM

Congrats, Ezra. And y'all have fun tonight. Don't get too 21, if you know what I mean.

Posted by: Amanda | May 10, 2005 6:57:22 PM

Oh, I guess it's all congrats and stuff. :)

Didn't anyone go read the article? I like your points - I've heard of at least one of those little pipsqueaks and they seem interchangably annoying (which lends an air of ubiquitousness that you rightfully point out is dubious at best). Still, I think the right trots out these convenient symbolic reps - and let's not count out Ann Coulter, who (in this context) is a reminder that not all Tall thin blinde New York women are linerals either - as a parody of something they see on the left. And every so often it's worth considering how it's the black liberal lady who gets to talk about civil rights and the white lady who talks about abortion and the gay guy who talks about gay marriage, and on and on.

There's precious little creativity to any of it, and too often - and too easily - the people who look the part get to be the spokesman for the race, the gender, the sexuality, the what have you. Ward Connerly exists - as a construct, I mean - because in part Jesse Jackson as spokesman for all things black was too easy and often too one sided.

If someone deserves to be taken to task, I suspect it's the producers and editors who think for every pro there must be an anti, and preferably in the same demographic. That may be an improvement from the days when an old white man talked every Republican line, but it still points to a larger issue, about how we must look the parts we lay claim to, or it's not authentic. Not sure there's a way out of that one.

And by the way, mazel tov. I'm sure you'll do well.

Posted by: weboy | May 10, 2005 7:12:02 PM


Posted by: Matt Singer | May 10, 2005 7:25:10 PM

Super BD present, Ezra! TAP is the perfect place for your 'voice'. I was afraid you'd end up in some awful place like TNR.

There's some fine writers at TAP, so you'll have good competition for honing your already fine skills in analysis and writing across an incredible range of topics.

Hope you keep the blog going too!

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | May 10, 2005 8:24:26 PM

Congrats Ezra!

Immediately upon reading your article I kept thinking one thing, and pardon me if this sounds vapid. What do these kids do for fun?!?

Sorry, at fourteen I was sneaking joints after school. Making out with girls at the park and playing with fireworks. (don't worry I am an upstanding citizen now)

That's why they're so angry. They resent the kids that were having fun while mom made them practice the clarinet and study the Reagan Doctrine!

Posted by: toc001 | May 10, 2005 9:08:25 PM

Good article. But you need to read http://www.cjr.org/issues/2005/3/blake-evangelist.asp and Chris Hedge's article in Harpers (no link) before going out tonight young man.

Posted by: d. | May 10, 2005 10:08:11 PM

Congrats, Ezra--you'll be great!

Posted by: Julie | May 10, 2005 10:16:08 PM

It's richly deserved, and you'll kick ass. Congrats!

Posted by: Dave Weigel | May 11, 2005 2:44:33 PM

Ezra, Are you graduating early?

Posted by: Abby Vigneron | May 11, 2005 2:49:56 PM

Great news! (I couldn't bear to add another congratulations)

I remember back in the olden days (uh... by blogging standards), when people used to complain about how Jesse's otherwise perfectly decent blog, Pandagon, was spoiled by having that tiresome Ezra as his co-blogger. And... at first, I did think you were tiresome. Your writing has evolved so much, though.

If you keep getting better while at the Prospect at the same rate as you have while blogging on Pandagon and this blog... well, Kuttner and Reich should watch their backs :^).

Posted by: Julian Elson | May 11, 2005 5:55:45 PM

Indeed. I'm late to the party, but big congrats Ezra!

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