Sunday, May 22, 2005

Wasted Space

This week in the NY Times Sunday Magazine, Deborah Solomon's always hard-hitting "Questions for..." column takes on Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. The format of the column is mindless enough--so short as to prevent her from following up on obvious evasions by the interviewee, which Spellings provides in copious amounts--but does she have to waste her space and our time with garbage like "Can you tell us the capital of Illinois" and "Does the president have a nickname for you?" (He does--"Margarita," perhaps because he's already given away "Nose Candy" to someone else).

The space would be better spent on an extra crossword puzzle.

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