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Rekenthaler Report

Readers' Friday

Thoughts from the people, real and otherwise.

Just Say No
July kicked off with a warmly received salute to contrarianism.

In a handwritten letter, Vizzini responds: "Should the popularity of your column concern the true contrarian? If you write that contrarianism is good, and readers agree, does that mean that contrarians are no longer contrarian? Wait. You knew that the readers would respond that way, so it was contrarian of you to put them in the position where they would seem to confound your beliefs. So contrarianism does work! Very clever of you. But what you didn't realize is that we knew that you were thinking that we didn't know what we did know." He continues in that vein for several hundred more words before the letter ends midsentence, amid smudged ink.