Topic: Imaginary Types of People

January 17, 2013

The Deadspin story that unraveled the tale of Manti Te'o's fictitious girlfriend was a great piece of journalism. The story itself is a wild one, and pretty great in its own right. So why does the whole thing feel so bad?

May 16, 2012

David Brooks, New York Times op-ed columnist and America's Most Reasonable Unreasonable Person™, is much better at making up names for different types of people than he is at anything else, which probably explains how he came up with "ESPN Man" as a way to describe President Obama. But the problem of bad sports metaphors in political writing is bigger than just one doofus.