The genius that is Calvin Trillin continues. Hot on the heels of his Polanski Poetry, Trillin turns in a New York Times op-ed that not only bursts with literary-nonfictional vigor, but that also manages to explain last year’s financial collapse in one succinct sentence. As Alex Balk put it, “Calvin Trillin For Mayor Of Awesome Town.”

Seconded.

Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.