Wednesday, April 17, 2013

My New York Times Editorial

I had an op-ed in the April 17 paper edition of the New York Times (first published online April 16).

Here is the link to the article.

Many of you reading this blog helped me at some point with The State and the Stork, and/or with this op-ed, so let me take this opportunity to thank you. It takes a village to make the Times.

By the way, when we went to sleep in Germany the night before the piece came out, we had no idea that the op-ed was going to run. We awoke to frantic e-mail messages from the editor and my unfairly burdened publicist at the University of Chicago Press. So I did not see the final version before it went in, but all turned out well. Every night, J turns on our cherished iPad white noise app and checks e-mail one last time -- and J was on the e-mails, which is a long story ... -- but, amazingly, this one night we slept white noise-less for the first time since we moved to our churchbellatorium of a neighborhood.


  1. You're a genuine player now. What's it feel like being the subject of comments in the NYT?

  2. Your Chicago Press publicist welcomes this kind of burden. Bring it on, Derek, and please accept warm congratulations from the whole team here at UCP.

  3. Read it, passed it on to Maria, and tweeted it. I have zero (0) twitter followers, so that last bit probably won't do you any good.

  4. Thanks, Andy ... it feels great, although I still can't stomach the nerve to read the comments. J says that they are pretty intelligent, which is good to hear; I never read comments, but my impression of them is driven by the illiterate drivel under articles on (The direct e0mails I received randomly were pretty intelligent, as well, give or take some angry leftists who don't like Kansas very much.) Jeff thanks again -- and I promise you can stay for free at the beach house we'll be buying now that the book is about to become a best seller. Finally, Tom, we need the link to your twitter account so we can make it go viral.