A conversation several nights ago prompted me to finally read the Jessica Feinstein's YDN expose on the (non-prescription) tool use of adderall at Yale. The pseudonym is pretty easy to see through for anybody who's acquainted with the relevant facts; so much so, indeed, that it seems to me that her decision to call me "Liam" is a bit of an inside joke.
Is it obvious that I'm on adderall now? Well, I am. Big time though the YDN is, the most prominent pseudonymous reporting on my adderall use was part of a feature on ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings last year. God I miss that guy. Now you're talkin great guy. (Incidentally, though they blacked out my face and never used my name, I was pretty sure anybody who knows my voice could have made it out from under the distortion---although I only saw a webcast, so maybe the disguise was more thorough on tv. The point of this aside is actually just to point out that my parents, who were avid Peter Jennings fans, and who occasionally read this blog (those are the stretches where I clean up my language fuck piss cunt cunt cunt fuck cocksucker shit ass skeet-skeet-skeet-skeet-skeet santorum) can't be completely in the dark about me and adderall, but choose not to discuss it. Suits me, I really don't use it often enough to worry about addiction, it's just the size of the doses I take that might raise an eyebrow.)
And speaking of the YDN, new column coming out this Wednesday. Watch me describe the Catholic Church as "a protection racket for thugs, child rapists, war criminals, and their accomplices"---as always, I seek to be neither kind nor unkind, but fair. To be followed in two weeks (maybe) by a related column on the bullshit behind the concept of "sovereign immunity." My editor hates the column title "Smashing Idols," but it was either that or "Ruat Coelum." Since the term "stare decisis" got cut from the last piece---thoughts anybody? is that a term the general YDN audience does/should know? is "presumption in favor of precedent" an apt substitution?---I'm not sure that headlining in Latin would have passed muster. Whatever, de omnibus disputandum.
UPDATE: Okay, enough's enough, we're all going to have to live with word verification.
UPDATE: I went ahead and asked Jessica Feinstein. She said she just thinks I look like a Liam.