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Jason Kuznicki

Jason Kuznicki is a research fellow at the Cato Institute and contributor of Cato Unbound. He's on twitter as JasonKuznicki. His interests include political theory and history.

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  1. Avatar Jason Kuznicki says:

    Now is as good a time as any to announce that in November, I will be taking a hiatus from the League. I’ll be participating in National Novel Writing Month.

    Unlike the first time, I will have the good sense not to liveblog my efforts.Report

    • Avatar Burt Likko says:

      Good luck, man. An entire novel is a tough slog; I’ve tried it a few times and haven’t had the perserverance to finish yet.Report

    • Avatar Tod Kelly says:

      Don’t make the hiatus too long. We’ll miss you.Report

    • Avatar Patrick Cahalan says:

      I call dibs on first reviewer!Report

    • Avatar Will Truman says:

      Good luck! I’m an ’02 and ’06 alum myself. I need to do it again one of the years.Report

    • Avatar Tod Kelly says:

      Oh crap! It just hit me Jason’s the one that’s been doing most of the heavy lifting on the blogging end lately.

      Jason, I have some bad news for you about your hiatus plans…Report

      • Avatar Patrick Cahalan says:

        I posted two posts to the front page, and two to MD so far this week.

        I’m doing my share… you… you… guy who hasn’t contributed his dragooned post yet, you!Report

    • Avatar Plinko says:

      Someday I will try to brave that event, hats off to you for doing it.Report

      • Avatar Will Truman says:

        I’d recommend it. It’s a great deal of fun and even if what you produce is crap, it teaches you a measure of productivity if you go all-in (ie try to finish the novel and not stop at 50,000 words).Report

        • Avatar Tod Kelly says:

          Is it a full time thing Will, or can you participate while keeping your day job?Report

          • Avatar Jason Kuznicki says:

            All your questions answered here.

            I kept my day job in 2004, and I expect to do the same this time around. It basically means you write during the weekends, the evenings, the mornings, on the train, at lunch, at dinner, and in your sleep if you can manage.Report

          • Avatar Will Truman says:

            I had a full-time job both times (but, it’s worth noting, no kids). Unexpectedly, I think it helps to have a job. It means that you have to compartmentalize your time very rigidly. Without a job, you can always work on it “later.”

            Personal pursuits become much more difficult, however. I had to stop blogging, stop going out to music shows, and so on. For the most part. Thanksgiving with the family was non-negotiable (I was almost done by Thanksgiving the second time, though, and the first time it actually helped me write the T-Day scenes in the novel). Why they chose the month with T-Day in it I do not know. October would have been a better choice.Report

      • Avatar Patrick Cahalan says:

        Maybe we should have a Contest, like that Seinfeld episode.

        Everybody chips in $10, and we all write until the end of the month or everybody’s dropped out. The winners split the pot.

        Really, the winners split the bragging rights for eternity here at the League, which is better, but still.Report

    • Avatar MFarmer says:

      We’ll miss your input. I’ll be away for long while myself; however, my absence will have less of an impact. I’m not writing a novel, just a non-fiction book regarding Paul Krugman’s traumatic youth and how his ideas are his way of getting even with the world.Report

  2. Avatar Stillwater says:

    Good luck with the novel. And beware of the dreaded FPNGT (Famous Philosopher ‘n’/’g’ Transposition) during the novel writing. It can sneak up on you.Report

  3. Avatar Jim Hall says:

    Nicely done. Reminds me of a Zelazney book.

    Good luck with your novel.Report

  4. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    “Did you see last month’s issue of Cato Unbound?”

    Both creationism and evolution point to the truth of libertarianism, Seriously?Report

    • Avatar Jason Kuznicki says:

      I find it amusing that you think Joe Carter was saying this. Or maybe I find it amusing that you think you can get away with saying it. I’m not sure.

      On the off chance that you were sincerely confused, Carter was hoping that the truth of creationism — made manifest in arguments like Alvin Plantinga’s — would lead libertarians like Shermer and Yudkowsky out of secularism and into religious conservatism. Thus abandoning their libertarianism.Report

  5. Avatar James Hanley says:

    “Wouldn’t the truth-finder be gendered, then?” said Shiva. “Only females get one?”

    “Yes,” she said, “I’m on the pill.”

    “No,” she assured him, “I don’t have any communicable diseases.”Report