- By Blake Hounshell
Blake Hounshell is managing editor at Foreign Policy, having formerly been Web editor. Hounshell oversees ForeignPolicy.com and has commissioned and edited numerous cover stories for the print magazine, including National Magazine Award finalist "Why Do They Hate Us?" by Mona Eltahawy. He also edits The Cable, FP's first foray into daily original reporting, and was editor of Colum Lynch's Turtle Bay, which in 2011 won a National Magazine award for best reporting in a digital format.
Blake joined Foreign Policy in 2006 after living in Cairo, where he studied Arabic, missed his Steelers finally win one for the thumb, and worked for the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies. Blake was a 2011 finalist for the Livingston Awards prize for young journalists for his reporting on the Arab uprisings, and his Twitter feed was named one of Time magazine's "140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011." Under his leadership, in 2008, Passport, FP's flagship blog, won Media Industry Newsletter's "Best of the Web" award in the blog category. Along with Elizabeth Dickinson, he edited Southern Tiger: Chile's Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future, the memoirs of former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.
A graduate of Yale University, Blake speaks mangled Arabic and French, is an avid runner, and lives in Washington with his wife, musician Sandy Choi, and their toddler, David. Follow him on Twitter @blakehounshell.
If there’s one thing all headline writers have in common, it’s a love of clever wordplay. But puns aren’t always a good thing. Exhibit A: the widespread misuse of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s name, which offers too ripe a target for unrestrained wordsmiths. Herewith, a short list of the worst Hu headlines possible.
- Hu wants to be a millionaire
- Hu’s your daddy
- Knock, knock. Hu’s there
- It takes Hu to make a thing go right
- Horton hears a Hu
- It’s a Hu world without Chou
- Look! Hu’s talking
- Hu’s on first
- If not us, Hu? If not now, Wen?
- Who’s Hu in Chinese politics?
Honorable mention: Guess Hu’s coming to dinner.
You’ll be gratified to know that our new Web exclusive by Cheng Li of the Brookings Institution, one of the world’s top experts on elite Chinese politics, eschews such cheap punnery. Read it to find out who’s up, who’s down, and who will be the next to rule China—and what it all means.
Isaac Stone Fish is associate editor at Foreign Policy. Previously a Beijing correspondent for Newsweek, he wrote stories on such subjects as the Dalai Lama’s effect on international trade, China’s love affair with rogue states, and crystal meth in North Korea. His articles have also appeared in the International Herald Tribune, the Economist, and the Los Angeles Times.| Dispatch |