Fresh off his recent blogging gig at the Financial Times, U2 lead singer Bono will join the New York Times op-ed stable next year, which, current Times columnist David Brooks told Gabriel Sherman, is fine with him:

I take Bono quite seriously. I’m generally quite skeptical [of celebrity pundits], it’s either marketing or posing. But Bono has cleared my hurdle. I do think he’s taken time to think like a regular opinion person.

Not a regular person. A “regular opinion person.” (Meaning: Thinks in imaginary conversations? Thinks in imaginary letters to world leaders? Thinks readers will translate Latin in order to receive his wit?)

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.