About

Submitted For Your Perusal is a weblog wherein I, Matt Thomas, share things I think are interesting. It functions, essentially, as a compendium of my obsessions.

Every Sunday, for reasons I talked about once in an email, I post links to and quotes from articles I thought were interesting in that day’s New York Times. Due to popular demand, my New York Times digests are now available in email newsletter form.

Occasionally, I write somewhat longer pieces on here and elsewhere.

I was born and raised in Seattle. I have a B.A. from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. I did my dissertation on the life hacking movement.

The title of this blog is a reference to the first line of Rod Serling’s introduction to “To Serve Man,” an episode of The Twilight Zone from 1962 written by Serling and based on a short story of the same name by Damon Knight. Watch it on Hulu.

Although the word “peruse,” as the American Heritage Dictionary explains, “has long meant ‘to read thoroughly’ … sometimes people use it to mean ‘to glance over, skim,’ as in I only had a moment to peruse the manual quickly, but this usage is widely considered an error.”

You can reach me via Twitter (@mattthomas) or by email.