Salon, Darling, All is Forgiven!

Rufus F.

Rufus is an American curmudgeon in Canada. He has a PhD in History, sings in a garage rock band, and does many things. He is the author of the forthcoming book "The Paris Bureau" from Dio Press (early 2021).

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18 Responses

  1. Glyph says:

    Congrats Rufus!Report

  2. Stillwater says:

    Congratulations Rufus. Pretty dang cool.Report

  3. zic says:

    And I liked it just as well on a second read in another place.

    Congrats, Rufus!Report

  4. Tout est pardonné, indeed. Congrats!Report

  5. Murali says:

    Congrats Rufus!

    I notice that they changed the title. Was that your idea or their’s?Report

    • Rufus F. in reply to Murali says:

      Oh, theirs- that’s standard operating procedure at most outlets. It’s why I always feel bad for writers who get savaged for an article whose title or lead paragraph gave the wrong impression.Report

      • Rufus F. in reply to Rufus F. says:

        Or, even worse, when the angry comment is entirely about the lead in and title and they haven’t read the article at all! At any rate, I’m skipping the Salon comments, which tend to be a bit of a freakshow on a good day.Report

  6. Awesome!

    There were no comments, so I got things started.Report

    • Thanks for that! I usually skip the comments at Salon because they seem to get a lot of kooks there. It’s not as bad as some of the places online, but enough to make me appreciate our commentariat here!Report

  7. Kolohe says:


    Of course, Salon’s going to Salon with their editing, as “Running the University (and everything else) like a Business” shows a different set of implicit value judgements than “The free market is destroying my school”Report

    • Rufus F. in reply to Kolohe says:

      Yeah, well definitely a different set of likely solutions to the problem than I would go with.

      Not a big deal. It’s actually somewhat helpful in illustrating to me that my titling could be punchier before I pitch stuff. My title here was okay, but I’ve pitched articles with pretty lame titles I’d have to say.Report

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  9. North says:

    Excellent! Congrats!Report