This graf from Ta-Nehisi Coates reminds of why I started TPM and why I so quickly fell in love with the mode of writing it made possible for me …
I could not convince editors that what I was curious about was worth writing about. Every day I would watch ideas die in my head. When I was laid-off from TIME, the lack of a job was bad. But what hurt more was that this story, which I felt in my heart to be so important, was going to die. What the internet offered was the chance to let all of those ideas compete in the arena, and live and die on the merits. And Matt was offering a bigger arena. I was ecstatic.
The whole piece is very interesting.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.