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Salam Pax on The New Yorker

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Thanks to David M. and Patrick N. H. for pointing to the Slate article by journalist Peter Maas that confirms that Salam Pax is real. My favorite line:

[Salam] likes The New Yorker. I happened to have two issues of the magazine, and he was mesmerized by them, especially a story about the selection of Daniel Libeskind's design for the WTC site. Salam is trained as an architect and is a fan of Libeskind's work. He was amazed at the length of the stories. "They go on and on," he remarked. "They start in one place, go somewhere else, then to another place. They are, like, endless."

That made me laugh, because it's my reaction to the New Yorker too, only I don't say it admiringly but rather with a sort of bewildered despair.

Anyway, Salam Pax is now going to have a fortnightly column in the Guardian. (That link is to the first installment; it's not clear to me whether there's a URL to use that will always go to his latest installment.) Their intro story gives some background I hadn't known before. (I can see what he means about cultural arrogance of people doubting he was real; on the other hand, I think doubting things you see on the web is generally a good policy. Not to mention things you see in other media.)

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