Matthew Zeitlin

Matthew Zeitlin


Reporter. Have written for places — buzzfeed, slate, medium, the nation, vox, the new republic — and would like to write for you. matthew.zeitlin@gmail.com

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Every political reporter’s favorite quote every four years is of course involved in the bizarre South Carolina lawyer murders story

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some of my brothers and sisters of judaism taper caffeine consumption in advance of the fast, i take more of a "run through the tape and collapse" approach

maybe the reason so many people in upstate new york believed in ghosts and had seances and stuff is because their drafty, poorly insulated homes were always making so much damn noise

truly have no idea what happens in books after i read them, really only remember vibes, i'm basically a binary critic, the vibes are good or they're bad

big way to sound smart these days? ruefully and vaguely reference supply chains in every day conversation

interesting that nevada county has more or less become a democratic county, at least at the statewide and presidential level

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Me finishing Crossroads, volume one of A Key To All Mythologies

now entering the best part of the fast, where you transcend mere "hunger" and "thirst" and your brain and body actively shut down, reducing you to energy output and intellect of a succulent

so france is cancelling a fancy party because australia won't buy their diesel submarines? truly the most european thing imaginable, throwing a fit because someone rather wouldn't buy your diesel vehicle

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One way to think about social distancing is that to contribute to a great national cause in World War II you had to, like, die face down in the muck on some tiny pacific island, now you can literally stay at home, watch the sopranos or that Netflix dating show and be a hero

The entire world found out on accident that you can eliminate poverty by giving people money and now seems determined to forget it

Everyone dresses like travolta now

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The governor of Massachusetts worked with local rich guy and the Chinese government because he couldn’t trust the Feds not to take their masks

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Nothing better than an American small town or city that shares a name with a famous big European city but is pronounced in a completely wild way

Both Nate Silver and Harry Enten have said “personally” that it’s over and yet ABC and CNN won’t call it

one interesting thing about the "everyone i've dated sucks" genre of writing is that there's an, uh, possibly confounding variable at play

still don't understand what the task force actually did besides come up with guidelines that states can just ignore with the president's blessing

It’s amazing how Trump is explicitly accusing Biden of using PEDs and Kanye West is running an explicit third party spoiler campaign with the help of Republican operatives and it’s just kinda weird background noise

My enduring gratitude to the French people for conforming to the broadest national stereotypes during this trying time

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