Over at his ThinkProgress blog, Matt Yglesias has announced a new book deal with Simon & Schuster about the “exciting and under-discussed world of housing policy,” tentatively titled, “The Rent is Too Damn High”--a phrase made popular by 2012 GOP presidential candidate, Jimmy McMillan.
The projected length will be something in the 15,000-20,000 word range with a price point commensurate to the relatively short length, and it should be available in a variety of formats. I’m excited about this project both because I’m invested in the issue and because I’m glad to be able to innovate a bit with format. I’ve felt for years that I have more to say about this subject than can fit into a magazine article, but didn’t want to write a book full of filler, and I’m thrilled that Simon & Schuster’s going to give me the chance to do that. At any rate, in the interests of actually finishing the project and building your enthusiasm for it, I’m going to try to restrain myself from writing about housing and urban planning for a bit now until we’re actually ready to release the thing.
One strange omission, though: Yglesias makes no mention of McMillan at all in the post.