About

Submitted For Your Perusal is a weblog wherein I, Matt Thomas, share with you things I think are interesting. That’s basically all there is to it.

Every Sunday, for reasons I shall one day blog about 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.

I was born and raised in Seattle. I got a B.A. from the University of Southern California. Currently I am a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at the University of Iowa working on a dissertation about life hacking.

The phrase “submitted for your perusal” 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 at matt_thomas@fastmail.fm.