Radio crackles/ With love of Soterios/ For no good reason

To the WNYC sustaining member who wrote the “I listen, therefore I am” haiku so often read on the air by fatigue-inducing Kurt Anderson: First of all, that is a terrible haiku. Try reading ones not written by self-indulging, would-be wordsmith Americans first. Second, when Rene Descartes wrote, “I think, therefore I am,” it wasn’t a celebration of thinking or an endorsement of the pursuit of knowledge. What he meant was, All I can really say is somebody must be thinking. Which, coincidentally, is the opposite of what I think when Brian Lehrer comes on at 10.

 

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