How to be a pundit

From Oliver Burkeman’s interview with David Brooks, Obama’s favourite conservative and occupant of one of the uppermost perches at New York Times:

Thus Brooks mounted the treadmill of finding two opinions per week to air in the nation’s most influential paper, despite describing himself as someone who finds it hard to generate opinions on demand. He says: “I once had lunch with a prominent American columnist – I won’t say who – and I asked: ‘What’s your next column about?’ He pulled out an index card from his wallet, and the next 13 columns were on there. I wanted to take my knife and ram it into his neck.”

[Via Toby Harnden]

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