When I started this blog two and a half years ago, it was an experiment, a chance for me to see if I wanted to write about culture full-time, and an attempt to see if political, mostly cheerful, sometimes deeply cranky culture blog could find a home in the awesome, experimental wilderness that is online criticism. It turns out that I did, and that it could. And I’m deeply grateful that ThinkProgress and the Center for American Progress decided to take me on, and to make a serious investment in the idea that culture plays a critical role in shaping our politics and our collective character.
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