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Friday, December 28, 2007

Y Kant Seattle Read

posted by on December 28 at 11:42 AM

Central Connecticut State University has released their annual list of the top ten most literate cities in the U.S. and Seattle’s number two.

But…but…we were number one last year. And we were number one in 2005. But we were number two in 2004.

I had no idea that literacy was so damn mercurial. Apparently, the information is compiled from (emphasis mine)

U.S. Census data, newspaper circulation rates, magazine publishing, educational attainment levels, library resources and booksellers.

I think our public schools were probably responsible for the dip in literacy in 2004, but I’m placing 2007’s second-place finish directly in the hands of Seattle Metropolitan Magazine (this month: “Linda Derschang brought the fun and the funky to the Pike/Pine Corridor,” a story about cellist Joshua Roman titled “String Theory,” and a story about potatoes titled…wait for it…”This Spud’s For You.” )

Please stop, Seattle Metropolitan. The statistics are showing that you’re making us dumber with every new issue you publish.

(Thanks to Slog tipper Gregory for the literacy news.)

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Ahem. (& 19 + James and his douchebag "friends")

Posted by Mr. Poe | December 28, 2007 11:57 AM

Did Seattle become more or less literate in 2002 when Metropolitan Living morphed into Tekbug?

Posted by JMR | December 28, 2007 11:58 AM

Paul reads the Metropolitan. That's rich.

Posted by Mr. Poe | December 28, 2007 12:06 PM

Minneapolis? Seriously?

Posted by Scottie | December 28, 2007 12:08 PM

I kan has stupidz 358 best turiakis listz? Joy!

Posted by wisepunk | December 28, 2007 12:08 PM

You don't read the Metropolitan, Mr. Poe, you live the Metropolitan.

Posted by Paul Constant | December 28, 2007 12:09 PM

Message received, and duly noted.(..)

Posted by Mr. Poe | December 28, 2007 12:17 PM

Quick! Does anyone know the 15 best places in Seattle for a mani-pedi?

This is an Emergency!

Posted by NapoleonXIV | December 28, 2007 1:05 PM

At first when the Stranger did its Seattle Metropolitan spoof I didn't get it, but now every time I see that mag the cover and theme are always the saaaame. TOP PRIVATE SCHOOLS! TOP BREAKFAST PLACES! TOP PLACES TO POGO STICK!

What a joke

Posted by Lake | December 28, 2007 1:31 PM

I think it's surprising that Washington D.C. is so high on the list. Everybody knows the legislators don't actually read the bills.

Posted by Mike of Renton | December 28, 2007 2:20 PM

Kant! Why he's one of my favorite philosophers, as is Hegel. But I'm sure that you already knew that.

Posted by David E. | December 28, 2007 4:58 PM

I can't read.

Posted by Cale | December 29, 2007 5:27 PM

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