September 10, 2006 1:15 AM

The zig-zag direction of a wannabe polymath like myself is a difficulty and source of frustration, as well as a fortunate and useful kind of energy. Trust metrics, identity politics, the entire gamut of Middle Eastern relations? I want to know it all, and well. I am the perfect liberal arts student, whether I like it or not, and for all that implies. At worst, I'll devolve into intellectual incoherence and a disfunctional member of society, at best I will be universally informed and skilled, never bored. Let's hope for the best, yes?