Root cause No. 254: Majoring in English

New York Times

Miles ahead of the pack. That’s where the newshounds from the-blog-that-used-to-be-my-paper run.

Here’s today’s scoop, in a “Lede” item about the dark side of Seung-Hui Cho. Not the Hillary donor–what’s-his-name, Hsu. But Cho, the kid who shot all those students at Virginia Tech:

He was feeling many of the anxieties of any college graduate, except far more intensely as an English major with only average grades, severe to crippling anxiety and absolutely no employment history…and he had been confronted with failure as a writer, his only way to leave a mark on the world.

For a while, Asian students were worried about being singled out, recalls Ann Althouse. Not that my old paper would engage in racial profiling, of course.

But English majors–well, everyone knows they’re like ticking bombs. But without the bomb part. Twice the tics, though.

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