Matthew Yglesias is a Staff Writer at The American Prospect where he was previously a Writing Fellow. His weekly column for TAP Online runs Tueday mornings and his work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Center for American Progress website, and Tech Central Station. In addition, he appears frequently on radio shows (and, tragically, less frequently on television) throughout the nation.
Yglesias graduated from Harvard University in 2003 with a B.A. magna cum laude in Philosophy, where he was editor-in-chief of The Harvard Independent, a weekly newsmagazine, as well as a contributor to several other campus publications.
This blog originated circa January 2002 in Cambridge, MA (as a lowly Blogspot effort) when Yglesias was bored and depressed because his girlfriend had gone off to Oxford for the semester. Despite the inauspicious beginning, early-adopting journalist/bloggers of questionable taste like Matt Welch, Jeff Jarvis, Nick Confessore, and Noam Scheiber expressed approval and even encouraged young Yglesias to pursue a career practicing the black arts of the commentariat. Over the years, the madness grew to the point where he writes one collaborative blog professionally and maintains this personal one as well out of a mixture of egomania, workaholism, and pure, unadulturated love of html formatting tags.
NBA basketball, analytic philosophy, random Russia-related stuff, the underappreciated genius of "Sk8ter Boi," things of which it can be said that "it's not TV; it's HBO," gorgeous blog-reading women, middlebrow painting (surrealists, pre-raphaelites, etc.), low-stakes Texas Hold 'Em, pandas, sushi.