Re: SLATE: A Policy Statement

Rohit Khare (
Mon, 2 Jun 1997 10:00:56 -0400 (EDT)

> BTW, for those with an interest, Kinsley's above-mentioned paean
> to the pleasant natives and scenery of Redmond, Washington (where
> buff techies while their pleasant days on the lawn beneath the
> waterfalls) is available in the archives of the web edition of TNR at

I enjoyed the arch transformation of 'talent' to 'content'. It's true, there
isn't enough irony at MS...

"Billionaires have offices that many a mid-level insurance executive
would find inadequate. Even Bill Gates's would not suit a mildly
pretentious dentist. But my TV friend was embarrassed on my
behalf. "You're talent!" he cried (referring to my former moonlighting
job as a TV pundit, and omitting--I think--the ironic nuance with
which the term "talent" is normally infused in his industry). I
corrected him: "I used to be `talent.' Now I'm `content.'"