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Thursday, December 7, 2006
Brown professor OWNS the Times letters page*
The editors of IvyGate, a witty blog about the Ivy League, have been whining (semi-ironically, natch) that they were the first to note that the Brown philosophy professor Felicia Nimue Ackerman writes lots and lots of (very good!) letters to the New York Times -- but both a Globe columnist and now the Brown Daily Herald have pilfered their brilliant story idea.
(In an Oedipal twist, the Globe columnist, Alex Beam, has a certain familial connection to IvyGate. In this New York Observer piece, the elder Beam eloquently conveys his respect for the upstart blog.)
Yeah, IvyGate, it stinks when you write a landmark, consequential story and then someone else sweeps in and claims all the journalistic glory, don't it?
Do check out the collection of pithy Ackerman letters that IvyGate posts. Click here and scroll down a few screens.
*See this clarification, added 12/14/06: Alex Beam did not pilfer, for the record.