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William Gibson sums up the Kerik affair in 25 words.

Why can’t people who write about politics for a living write the way William Gibson writes? (Ummm… because they’re not literary geniuses?) Here’s the entire Kerik affair, in twenty-five well-chosen words:

… there are those episodes of history that unravel with the breathtaking and utterly unexpected abruptness of a cashmere miniskirt catching on a chainlink fence…

I’m starting to think that Gibson’s blog has the highest density of witty and perceptive stuff in all Blogland. Someday I’ll come up with an excuse for not having added him to the blogroll earlier.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com