The opening paragraph of "The New Phrenology," Andy's cover story in the current issue of the Weekly Standard:
We are entering the age of the psychopundit (we can thank the science writer Will Saletan for this excellent word). Thomas Edsall, for example, is a veteran political reporter widely admired by people who admire political reporters. He has become very excited by social science, as so many widely admired people have. Studies show—as a psychopundit would say—that Edsall is excited because social science has lately become a tool of Democrats who want to reassure themselves that Republicans are heartless and stupid. In embracing Science, the psychopundit believes he is moving from the spongy world of mere opinion to the firmer footing of fact. It is pleasing to him to discover that the two—his opinion and scientific fact—are identical.
Six sentences--count 'em--each of which proves beautiful to the ear, each of which contains, like a Crackerjack box, a little surprise (I especially like the parenthetical etymology in the first sentence), at least four of which are truly amusing, and the overall effect of which is devastating.
Andy opens by stringing pearls--and keeps it up through the entire essay.
Andy writes so well--so beautifully, so humorously and so effectively--that--and here I speak of one of my best and oldest friends--I hate him.