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1,000th story reviewed on

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With no fanfare, no fireworks, no dye in the river or even a tea party, today we posted our 1,000th (and 1001st) story review on This has become extremely gratifying work – so much so that I have resigned my tenured faculty position at the University of Minnesota effective the end of May to work on this and related projects fulltime.

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Maryn McKenna

March 24, 2010 at 8:50 am

Congratulations! An impressive body of work, and so needed. Well done.