But first, a few observations. It was Susan’s brilliant idea
to organize a solid couple of weeks worth of guest rants last year. As you may
have observed, many of them turned out to be some of the most incendiary and
most-commented-upon rants we have ever published.
I have theories about that. Though we, your core Ranters, do
our best to work ourselves into passionate fury each and every time we post,
it’s just not possible to keep our blood at that high a boil—at least it isn’t
for me. Every so often I have a topic that I am truly incensed about, but
equally as often I write about things that intrigue or interest me. And at
those times I am really trying to elicit your opinions in comments, in the
hopes of facilitating whatever discussion those comments might excite.
But I also believe that everyone has a rant or two inside
them ready to be released. That is what this guest rant period is about.
Oh, and dude—we’re starting it off with a