Thursday, September 29, 2005

Partying with the Reasonoids

The Reason staff in Washington, DC gathered at Mackey's Pub tonight to celebrate the Reason blog, Hit & Run, being named one of the five winning political blogs in Playboy. I went down to DC for the event, held at Mackey's Pub. My only quibble: Why are so many events where you go for the purpose of talking to interesting people held at places where you have to yell to hold a conversation? Even so, a great time was had by all, with conversation topics ranging from the Roberts confirmation to the disillusionment of conservatives and libertarians who supported Bush (Bruce Bartlett of the National Center for Policy Analysis has an upcoming book about Bush's betrayal of the Reagan legacy) to the recent anti-war demonstration in Washington (the Cato Institute's Evan Pierre told me that he goes to demonstrations of all stripes -- pro-life, pro-choice, anti-war, and would gladly go to pro-war ones if they drew more than a handful of people -- just because he enjoys seeing Americans exercise their rights) to same-sex marriage to Ivy League mommy-trackers and more.

Some photos:

With Reason editor Julian Sanchez

With WNET talk show host Luke Thomas (

With Volokh Conspirator Randy Barnett

With Megan McArdle, aka Jane Galt of Asymmetrical Information, and Reason's Nick Gillespie

(You can click on the photos to see the full-size version.)


Unbridled Greed said...

"Why are so many events where you go for the purpose of talking to interesting people held at places where you have to yell to hold a conversation?"

I frequently ask myself the same thing and leave events early because it's just too exhausting to try to figure out what people are saying.

Somewhere in his journals from the 1960s, Edmund Wilson complains that cocktail parties in New York weren't fun anymore because people had got into the habit of being loud. I don't know if his observation reflects any reality, but it's interesting that he blamed the noise level on the partygoers themselves.

Anonymous said...

Shoot. I thought for certain that Playboy would send some lovelies to "decorate" the event. Aside from "Jane Galt" it looks like a bust.

(I am simply kidding. I think it's great you've spawned your own blog with which to consume my time)


Cathy Young said...

A bust? *G* Pun intended, or not?

Kevin B. O'Reilly said...

Congrats on the new blog. I look forward to reading.

Anonymous said...

Oh Kathy, the "Bust" was, indeed, intentional.

You've inspired a post over on my own blog here:


Dean said...

My word. Is Julian Sanchez even allowed to drink at an event like that?

(said with a certain degree of envy)

Cathy Young said...

LOL Dean! I think Julian is not quite as young as he looks. But actually, I have no idea how old he is.

Julian said...

Good lord, people, I'm 26. Not even the youngest person on staff.

Cathy Young said...

Thanks for clearing up that mystery, Julian! :)

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