Speaking of assessing people’s productivity in society, I suppose this is as good a time as any to announce publicly that at the end of the month I’ll be rejoining the ranks of the gainfully employed, with the delightfully vague title of Research Fellow at the Cato Institute. My mandate will be fairly open-ended: Basically, they offered me the chance to hang around with a bunch of smart people and split my time between the sort of musing you’re accustomed to here, working on a book project I had to backburner a while back, and doing the sort of long-form reported stories that traditional journalistic outlets seem less and less willing to back. I jumped as soon as I persuaded myself the offer wasn’t some kind of cruel monkey torture.
From y’all’s perspective, this just means I’ll probably be putting out more copy, since I’ll actually be going into an office with a regular schedule, and you’ll probably be seeing my stuff crop up in more places. When I’m doing journalism, in the event anyone’s concerned, I’ll consider myself just as strongly bound by journalistic norms as I would be writing for a newspaper or magazine. And of course, to coincide with the change, I’ll be changing my ringtone from Soul Coughing’s “Freelancer” to this highly appropriate ditty.