A Fond Farewell


As some of you may know, and others probably do not, today is my last day at The Atlantic after nearly an eight-year run. Next week, I'm moving over to Bloomberg Businessweek where I'll continue writing about politics and policy (in print and on the web) and will also appear regularly on Bloomberg TV. I'll still write my weekly Boston Globe column, and in a couple of weeks it'll start cross-posting at Businessweek. In the meantime, you can always find me on Twitter @JoshuaGreen.

Regretfully, that means this blog will be coming to an end. As a born-and-bred print guy, I was only a semi-willing convert to the web. Some of the younger folks in the office who endured my ponderous intern talks a few years ago can -- and do -- recite back to me my haughty dismissal of web journalism and my insistance that Twitter was merely "a vulgar neurosis." (I'm right about that, by the way, but I now see its uses and have become a devoted adherent.) Anyway, I'm surprised at how much I've come to love web writing; the interaction with and feedback from all of you (even the trolls in the comments section who think I'm a gay commie); and particularly the freedom and creativity that the blog format has afforded me to indulge my admittedly-sometimes-strange interests and sophomoric sense of humor. It's been a lot of fun, and it's strange for me to contemplate the fact that this blog is shutting down. I feel sort of like Rutger Hauer at the end of Bladerunner (except I'm not naked on the roof getting rained on).

I want to offer a special thanks to all my colleagues at The Atlantic. They've been a joy to work with, and have made me a much, much better journalist than I otherwise would have been. Like many of you, I will continue to spend an inordinate amount of time hanging out at TheAtlantic.com because I love their work and wouldn't miss reading it for anything. It's been a great pleasure and privilege to be a part of it.