Magazine | November 15, 2010, Issue

Letters

The Two Faces of Paul Krugman

Stephen Spruiell’s characterization of Paul Krugman’s difficulties as an opinion journalist is compelling (“Professor Ahab,” October 18). As a graduate student at the University of Chicago, I found Krugman’s text on international economics to be built on sturdy thinking; of his meanderings as a journalist, one cannot say the same. As for his particular ideology and normative leanings, when were they ever linked to rational thought?

However, Mr. Spruiell may be protesting too much. Mr. Krugman is a writer for an opinion section that expresses emotion and partisanship more than coherency.

So we might say that, as a columnist, Paul Krugman is only doing his job.

Matt Andersson

Oak Brook, Ill.

Courtesy Flush

Rob Long’s spirited defense of his bathroom (“Dim Idea,” October 4) compels me to sedition. Although contemporary toilets dispense only 1.6 gallons per flush, their tanks typically contain at least twice as much. If one holds the flush handle down for several seconds, the tank’s entire contents can be dedicated to dealing with, shall we say, one’s interactions with the vitreous throne.

I hope that my treason can help others flush with success, and regret that I have but one ecofatwa to drown for my country.

David N. Baxter

Webster, N.Y.

Missing Mark

Whatever happened to Mark Steyn? Quit? Fired? On sabbatical? Sent to a far-left reeducation facility?

Bill Claggett

Via e-mail

The Editors reply: Mr. Steyn is on leave.

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Articles

Politics & Policy

NPR’s Class Act

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Hard Money

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Features

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Red Scare

During the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama’s most loyal and affectionate constituency was one that cannot legally vote in U.S. elections: foreigners. His campaign and subsequent election were celebrated in European, ...

Books, Arts & Manners

The Straggler

Sad, Bad, Mad

Scowling out at me from my New York Post is Steven Hayes, recently convicted of an exceptionally vile crime in my neighbor state of Connecticut. With another man, not yet ...
Politics & Policy

The Obama Vision

The charge by some conservatives that President Obama was and indeed still is a socialist has been met with disbelief or brushed aside as irrelevant by our liberal elites, most ...
Politics & Policy

Northern Light

In modern American liberal-arts colleges, the Scottish Enlightenment tends to get short shrift. Except in specialized courses focused on the intellectual history of the 18th century at the few institutions ...

Sections

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Letters

The Two Faces of Paul Krugman Stephen Spruiell’s characterization of Paul Krugman’s difficulties as an opinion journalist is compelling (“Professor Ahab,” October 18). As a graduate student at the University of Chicago, ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Vice President Biden said, twice, that conservatives have spent $200 billion on political ads. He meant $200 million. Explains a lot about the last two years. ‐ Barack Obama is ...
The Long View

Update to New York Times Stylebook

FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION TO: Editorial Staff FROM: Editorial Policy Committee RE: Election pieces, approved language Oct. 26, 2010 As you all know, Election Day is one week from now, and we know you’re all busy ...
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Poetry

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Athwart

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Elections

The Trump Rationale

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White House

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