The Atlantic Reveals the Elusive @MayorEmanuel

Alexis Madrigal, senior editor at The Atlantic, today reveals the name behind the beloved but mysterious @MayorEmanuel.

But some things take time. The story by the Washington-based writer waits seven graphs to name the name: It’s Dan Sinker, who created a punk zine called Punk Planet, which no longer exists. He now teaches journalism at Columbia College in downtown Chicago. “The genius behind @MayorEmanuel is Dan Sinker, who has a heart made out of Chicago and balls of punk rock,” Madrigal writes.

Sinker doesn’t speak in Madrigal’s story until 18 graphs into it. A student describes the instructor as “down-to-earth, knowledgeable, and interesting.”

And finally, Sinker talks:

“The train rides became totally paranoia-inducing by the end. I would think, ‘Is anybody watching this? Why is that guy looking at my phone? Who is this?'” he said. “Your brain starts going a little crazy. I’m looking forward to my brain not feeling so crazy.”

Later…However it feels now to have be @MayorEmanuel, Sinker says it didn’t feel momentous when he sent that first tweet from his living room. “My wife has asked me,’Why did you actually start tweeting?’ And for the life of me I can’t remember,” Sinker said. “I remember I was at home. I think everyone had gone to bed. And I remembered, ‘Oh, I have that account. This might be kind of funny.'”

On Emanuel: “I was making fun with the guy,” he said.