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Unreasonable passion, irrational exuberance

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A special type of person

Daniel Yudkin

There’s been a big kafuffle in the news recently about money and elections. Apparently an evil army is amassing in Mordor in the form of cheerfully-named organizations like American Crossroads, Restore our Future, and Priorities USA. These are the so-called Super Political Action Committees—“independent” organizations permitted by law to flood elections with cash provided they can plausibly deny they’re in cahoots with the campaign. Already they’ve been sighted swooping in like the flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz and flooding close races with last-minute injections of capital. Meanwhile, most of Mitt Romney’s campaign funds come from checks made out by millionaires and finance firms, and saggy-faced geniuses like Karl Rove and Mitch McConnell gather in wood-paneled rooms to secure exorbitant pledges from businessmen interested in fostering symbiotic relationships with Republican elites.

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Daniel Yudkin

My room has a funny smell to it. I thought I took care of it when I threw away the rotting rubber shower mat I found stuffed behind the bureau, but no: the smell lingers and it’s been three days. My first night here in Cambridge it kept me awake. I imagined smell particles coming off the mattress, the floor, the couch: green and evil like the computer-generated viruses that shot from people’s noses and mouths in that viral outbreak movie. At one point I felt a tiny speck drift up my nose and alight delicately on my olfactory bulb. I sneezed for fifteen minutes.

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