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Letters to the President - De File
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cbertsch
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Letters to the President
As some of my readers will know, I used to contribute on a regular basis to the excellent Chicago-based publication Punk Planet. I still read it cover to cover and am so, so grateful that it exists. Anyway, thanks to shadydeals I learned today that the magazine's editor Dan Sinker has started a blog in which he plans to write a letter to President Bush every day for the fours years of his second term. It's a wonderful idea and, if the first entries are any indication, promises to be even better in practice. In these times of trial, I think we owe it to each other to support people who share our viewpoints and work their asses off for peace and freedom. Go see what Dan is doing and drop him a note of gratitude.

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shadydeals From: shadydeals Date: November 9th, 2004 10:04 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I love PP.

Have you contributed anything to it in the past few years? I didn't get it regularily until then.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 11th, 2004 04:54 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Not much. I became too busy with other projects to seek out the sort of interviews Dan was looking for. He became unhappy with the book review section to which I was a regular contributor. And the magazine went in a direction generally less suited to my talents. Then again, I was getting a little old by Punk Planet standards.
slanderous From: slanderous Date: November 9th, 2004 06:30 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
When does he find the time?! Isn't being editor of two magazines enough? He makes me feel lazy because I couldn't turn in a column at the same time as prepare for the new semester. :)

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 11th, 2004 04:58 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I don't know. Maybe he doesn't sleep. Maybe he's undead. You keep pretty busy yourself, though. I wonder if parenting will change all that. It sure did for me. I can't believe how little I get done in a day. But the not-doing probably matters more, in the end, than the not-done.

My friend Jillian Sandell had words of strong praise for you when I stayed with her in September, BTW.
slanderous From: slanderous Date: November 14th, 2004 02:37 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I love Jillian! I just saw her at ASA and we chatted for an hour in the middle of the Duke book exhibit.

I'm not planning on children, so the time that doesn't get spent on working will be spent as it is now -- watching horrible television, shopping at thrift stores and reading children's fantasy novels.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 14th, 2004 02:50 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Bad antecedent! I meant Dan Sinker, not you. He's about to join the world of breeders. I would have guessed, reading your column etc., that you weren't planning to have offspring.
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