Okrent and Ad Nags: BFF
It's a mutual
masturbation admiration society in Harvard Square:
[Dan] Okrent said yesterday that he would spend his semester at the Shorenstein Center working on two books -- one a collection of his Times columns, and the other a longer-term project on the history of the U.S. during prohibition.And I foolishly thought it was his willingness to harass readers who dared to criticize His Majesty, Lord Nags.
Okrent started his job at the Times in the midst of "widespread skepticism" in the newsroom about the necessity of a public editor, said Adam Nagourney, a political correspondent for the paper who was a fellow at the Kennedy School's Institute of Politics this fall. Nagourney -- himself a target of a 2004 Okrent column criticizing the Times' coverage of the Howard Dean campaign -- said much of that skepticism evaporated by the end of Okrent's tenure.
"He just won people over by his honesty," Nagourney said.
As regards Jokrent's plans to "work on" a book of his NYT columns, I look forward to wiping my ass with the finished product.