* Kersten has apparently managed to solve the prose problem of moving from right-wing op-ed commentator to metro columnist by remaining a right-wing op-ed commentator. So much for Strib political editor D.J. Tice's "boot camp."
* Longtime Strib staffers with vibrant, context-rich, culturally relevant stories to tell rarely get 1,000 words (one reason that even when the place attracts real talent, we hardly ever see vibrant, context-rich, culturally relevant stories).
* Memo to Anders Gyllenhaal and the high-concept team: If you are redesigning the modern newspaper to seem less like the musings of liberal pointy-heads and more like the currency of regular ol' folks, it's probably best to avoid the master's thesis approach.
* Poor Katherine, her author photo looks like Margaret Hamilton ("I'll get you, my pretty!") after a visit to Cheri Pierson Yecke's hairdresser.