points to his NCAA column
as evidence of that. "But I’m not going to be a political pundit," he tells Ted Nesi
. "I’m not going to write about, you know, the Senate races and the presidential races – that’s just not what I view as kind of how my brain works." Q-and-A excerpts:
I’m totally excited about [doing an op-ed page column]. It’s a change for me because I’ve never written anything that short before in my life – my previous column, as you know, was literally twice as long – and [the new op-ed page column is] also twice a week. But I wanted to do it the old-fashioned way. I wanted to prove that I could write short, write twice a week, and bring business – as opposed to economics – to the op-ed page.
The Times, I think, has done – it’s a very interesting paywall. It’s a little bit porous, it’s a little bit flexible. But it does give people, regular readers, an incentive to want to pay for the thing. And I’m rooting for it.
I like the physical format of the paper, but I’m an old fuddy-duddy – I’m 58. I like seeing the choices editors make, page to page. During the day, I often love to look on the Internet or on my iPad to see updates. And in the evening, I often read the paper on the iPad, because I think it’s a beautiful way to read the paper.
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