Submitted For Your Perusal is a weblog wherein I, Matt Thomas, share things I think are interesting.
Every week for nearly a decade, for reasons I once wrote about, I post links to and quotes from articles that caught my eye in Sunday’s New York Times. You can now subscribe to these “digests” to have them delivered to your email inbox.
Every so often I write somewhat longer pieces on here and elsewhere.
I’m a teacher and writer living in Iowa City, IA. 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. Both in American Studies. My dissertation project – the first of its kind anywhere – was a critical history of 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.”