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I’m no longer a writer, editor, and consultant

My new title is grammar and strategy tsar.

From The Economist—Absurd titles: Tsarstruck“:

When, a few years ago, word came that British bird lovers anxious about the decline of the house sparrow had appointed a sparrow tsar, it seemed that the tsar vogue must have reached its zenith. France already had a crime tsar, London a traffic tsar, Japan a banking tsar, the European Union a foreign-policy tsar, and America had tsars for adoption, baseball, B-movies, manufacturing, record labels, you name it. No one, however, could outdo the sparrow tsar, or so you might think. Surely he would prove to be not so much the reductio ad absurdum as the dernier cri, the ne plus ultra in the once-rarefied realm of tsardom? But no. The latest newcomer, unless one has been added since you started this paragraph, is President George Bush’s war tsar.

2 Responses to I’m no longer a writer, editor, and consultant

  1. Jess June 22, 2007 at 9:00 am #

    Zach, will we have to change the announcement now? Too late. It was already published without the hyphen you interjected.
    However, I am having trouble with your title here. Is there an extra “a”, or am I just reading this wrong? Did you do this on purpose?

  2. Zach Everson June 22, 2007 at 9:17 am #

    Nope: good catch, thanks! The “a” was remnants of a previous title, long since discarded.