Friday, June 10, 2011


Satire strikes out.

Dear Tom Walker:

Thank you for participating in the 2011 Hamilton Project Policy Innovation Prize competition. We were delighted by the broad interest in our competition and the wealth of ideas that it produced.

We have read your submission, "Thinking along the Right Lines": Creating Jobs through Longer Workweeks and Later Retirement, and commend you on your work. Unfortunately, following a rigorous review process, your proposal has not been selected as one of the finalists.

Thank you again for your interest in The Hamilton Project. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

Michael Greenstone
The Hamilton Project
1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC, 20036
UPDATE: Six minutes after I posted the above, Dani Rodrik posted the following, A rejection letter I would like to receive from a journal one day to his blog:
This is one that Charles Babbage received in 1821 from The Edinburgh Journal of Science
"It is with no inconsiderable degree of reluctance that I decline the offer of any Paper from you. I think, however, you will upon reconsideration of the subject be of opinion that I have no other alternative. The subjects you propose for a series of Mathematical and Metaphysical Essays are so very profound, that there is perhaps not a single subscriber to our Journal who could follow them."
From Gleick, James (2011). The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood (p. 99). Pantheon. Kindle Edition.

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