Forgive me for not having much of substance to say beyond the fact that Alex Pareene has become one of the best. There aren’t a lot of online writers whose work I genuinely look forward to, but Pareene is definitely one of them. And he’s transitioned to Salon without losing any of his cool, which is remarkable. (While I love Salon, it has often been subject to a certain, shall we say, contagious dorkiness.)
Take today’s consideration of Tucker Carlson. It’s funny, ruthlessly critical, thorough, and most importantly, fair— it achieves scalding criticism that is nevertheless well-mannered. That’s a lesson I would give to any young writers out there. If you want to make a name for yourself, you should recognize that opinion writing is a sea of hyperbole. You can distinguish yourself with restraint. Like here:
His politics were undisguised, but his work was honest, and sometimes pretty funny. Carlson seemed to subscribe to a form of conservatism — moneyed and cheerfully elitist, the sort practiced by people for whom policy journals actually matter — that was gradually going out of favor in the Republican Party but that is always welcome in the “liberal media.”
Perceptive, and no less critical for being quietly observed.