To the Editor:

Your columnist Sam Chase says of me, “Easterbrook... is quick to proclaim his intellectual and moral superiority over, well, anyone who isn’t him,” in his column last week, "Hot takes and paragraph breaks: mocking the worst of sports writing."

Okay, that’s his opinion. Curious nothing is cited to support this sweeping generalization. In what instance did I “proclaim” my “moral superiority” over “anyone who isn’t” me? I doubt Bowdoin professors accept papers that contain far-reaching ad hominen condemnations unsupported by a single specific.

Chase further declares that I am “not exactly strapped for cash.” How does the Bowdoin Orient claim to know this? What possible information could your newspaper have about my finances? Chase certainly never called me for any form of fact-checking. I hope Bowdoin students do not imagine that writing serious nonfiction books, literary novels and Atlantic Monthly articles—how I spend most of my time—is a path to riches. When my son Grant Easterbrook ’11 attended Bowdoin, he received financial aid. Which your columnist would have known if he’d engaged in even the most rudimentary fact-checking steps.

One of the temptations faced by students who attend elite colleges such as Bowdoin is making oneself seem important by mocking others. I hope Chase will learn to overcome this sophomoric (in more ways than one) inclination. He’s obviously got a lot to learn about how to write carefully.

Gregg Easterbrook P ’11
Bethesda, Maryland