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Brown Let Me Down

I’m in the final stages of copyediting a book manuscript with a co-author, and was supposed to receive a set of chapters from him this morning via UPS. When it didn’t arrive on time, we inquired. It seems a group of packages from the Boston area was misrouted to New York. Now we’re hearing things like delivery is “impossible before Monday.” This is really screwing up a tight schedule. My face is turning red and smoke is coming out of my ears. UPS won’t even credit my co-author the money he spent until the package arrives, whenever that happens. For what it’s worth, I really like the UPS guy who delivers to my house. But he’s not the problem–getting the package to him is the problem. If anybody affiliated with UPS wants to explain why I should trust the company with anything important ever again, I’ll be happy to let readers of The Corner know. Please email me here.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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