A Convert Weighs In

I never used to give a fuck about an Oxford comma, not even after playing Vampire Weekend’s first album over and over and over.

I became somewhat aware of the Oxford comma’s helpfulness, but didn’t really feel compelled to defend it like some people do. Then I spied this headline on the Politico website about fifteen minutes ago:

How Harry Reid, a Terrorist Interrogator and the Singer From Blink-182 Took UFOs Mainstream

I’d just skimmed a Guardian piece on Reid and UFOs, so I thought to myself, Okay, yes. Harry Reid! Wait: did he interrogate terrorists at some point? Or is the lead singer of Blink-182 a former terrorist interrogator who is also named Harry Reid?

Then I realized: Oh! They’re talking about three people there, not just one who wears many hats.

If this isn’t best defense of the Oxford comma I have no idea what would be better.

I claim no opinions on UFOs. Sorry.

But I do like this somewhat Wes Anderson-y video that Vampire Weekend made for “Oxford Comma.”

This is an Indigo Bunting
I don’t know anything about birds beyond the facts that they have feathers and most of them fly. I just think the Indigo Bunting is one of the most beautiful birds. If I ever see one in real life, I’m sure I’ll blog about it for days.