Cat’s Out of the Bag

Monday a new issue–the annual College Guide issue–of the Washington Monthly will come out. We normally like this to be a bit of a surprise, but my predecessor Kevin Drum sorta, er, let the cat out of the bag today:

My old friends at the Washington Monthly sent me an early copy of their latest College Guide issue, and apparently it inspired Hilbert to think about pursuing an advanced degree. Unlike humans, though, he doesn’t need to read the issue. He merely has to absorb it through his fur. Stupid humans. [Kevin posts picture of his cat sitting on the new WaMo issue].

Anyway, because I have this issue in my hot little hands, I know which college scored #1 in the Monthly’s unique “Bang for the Buck” ranking. Among Western colleges, this year’s winner is the University of—

Aack! It’s embargoed until Monday. And the embargo police are at the door. I have to leave now before they bust in. Does anyone have a hidey-hole nearby I can use for a few days?

Stay tuned Monday, when Hilbert loses his knowing smile.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.