Associate Editor Peter Suderman joins the reason staff after a stint as arts editor at the now-defunct Culture 11. His three favorite movies, for the record, are Taxi Driver, Fight Club, and Blade Runner—"because I am a stereotypical libertarian male," he explains. Suderman also has served as managing editor of National Review Online, as a writer at the D.C.-based policy shop FreedomWorks, and as assistant editorial director at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. As an undergraduate, he took time off from Asbury College in Kentucky to work at a Web development company before returning to school to get a degree from the University of North Florida in 2005. The dot-com "bubble had already burst," he says. "We were just living in Kentucky and didn't know it." At reason, he will write primarily about economic policy and health care, which he describes as "kinda fun."
Bill Flanigen, reason's current Burton C. Gray Memorial Intern, just graduated from George Washington University, where he was a senior editor at The Patriot, a "very mom-andpop conservative/libertarian" paper whose print edition had a "sporadic" publication schedule. A history major, Flanigen wrote his thesis about the Virginia constitutional convention of 1829; he confesses to exploiting his position as a library clerk to illicitly borrow books such as Democracy, Liberty and Property: The State Constitutional Conventions of the 1820s. He returned the tomes before graduating.
Our other summer intern, Amanda Carey, is a rising senior at Clemson University and reason's Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow. A political science major, Carey edits the Tiger Town Observer and is a junior fellow at the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. The latter position entails Friday afternoon get-togethers to talk "a little natural rights, a little Atlas Shrugged"; then "we always head over to Super Taco." Carey, who spent much of her summer transcribing interviews for Senior Editor Jacob Sullum, describes her stay at reason: "I learned a lot about drugs, actually."