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Noah Millman -- blogger for The American ConservativeWhy do I feel like I just had to do this a couple of months ago? Oh, right; that's because I did. Well, let's do it again, anyhow.

Since January, I've been blogging at The American Conservative, and writing for the magazine as well from time to time. From 2007 to 2011, I blogged at The American Scene, the website founded by Ross Douthat, Reihan Salam and Steven Menashi. When I wrote there, I must have written something Ms. McArdle liked, because otherwise I can't account for her choosing me to sub for her during her leave. I certainly can't measure up to the standard she sets as a blogger, in terms of productivity or incisiveness.

But, while I can't claim, with the admirable Admiral Stockdale that there are some things I know "better than anybody in the world," there are some things I know better than some people some of the time, and I try to write about them with a modicum of wisdom - and to point out when others do so even better, in whatever medium.

I am honored to have been chosen to write here for the next couple of weeks, and honored as well to be in the company of Mssrs. Lee and Sanchez, each of whom I admire greatly.

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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