Archive for May, 2008

In which The Gay Recluse updates his informal but rather telling quantitative analysis of Modern Love, the weekly Style Section (of The Times) column in which openly gay writers almost never appear, and even less frequently describe a romantic relationship. This week’s piece: May I Have This Dance? by Owen Powell Subject: A soldier in […]


In which The Gay Recluse presents a gay/impressionistic alternative to this week’s Modern Love offering in The Times. Those looking for our quantitative analysis should click here. May I Have This Dance? By OWEN POWELL and THE GAY RECLUSE Published: May 17, 2008 I SPENT most of last year and a decent-size chunk of the […]


In which The Gay Recluse loves ferns. Sometimes it seems that ferns are seriously underrated. Which is kind of odd, considering they almost always look great! We recommend getting rid of your lawn and replacing it with ferns and birch trees. If everyone did this it would obviously solve most of the world’s problems. Here’s […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinions in The Times. David Brooks/Obama Admires Bush The Short Version: Obama is smarter than his press releases sometimes make him seem. In his words: “Everybody knows that Obama is smart (and he was quite well informed about Lebanon). The question is whether he’s seasoned and tough enough […]


In which Dante and Zephyr take over The Gay Recluse. Friends! We would like to draw your attention to the following comment and conundrum we received today from Reader GhengisKuhn, who writes: Having tracked “not every cat is a lolcat” back to its root, I (a sporadic reader) would like to present you with a […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinions in The Times. Nicholas Kristof/The Terrified Monks The Short Version: Friends! Behold the Indiana Jones of opinion page! In his words: “I sneaked through these Tibetan areas in Gansu and Qinghai Provinces, eluding the troops by taking a local car with curtains pulled over the windows.” Score: […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinions in The Times. Thomas Friedman/The New Cold War The Short Version: Iran is the next big challenge for the US. Too bad we’re so fucked. In his words: “Alas, the right question for the next president isn’t whether we talk or don’t talk. It’s whether we have […]


In which The Gay Recluse tries to convey some semblance of the truth, as opposed to this obituary, written by Michael Kimmelman, one of the most notoriously oblivious critics at The Times. By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN and THE GAY RECLUSE Published: May 14, 2008 Robert Rauschenberg, the irrepressibly prolific American gay artist and rather typically homophobic queen who […]


In which Dante invents a new twist on an old game. Friends! Rest assured that somewhere in this picture can be found an editorial assistant, albeit one who is very carefully camouflaged. Have you looked long enough? Do your eyes feel strained and fatigued? Don’t worry, below you’ll find what you’ve been looking for. Friends! […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinions in The Times. Bob Herbert/Here Come the Millennials The Short Version: The youngs are seriously fucked, which is why they should vote for Obama. In his words: “This is a generation that is in danger of being left out of the American dream — the first American […]


In which The Gay Recluse becomes increasingly obsessed with trees. We were waiting a long time for the copper beech (Fagus sylvatica “Dawyck Purple”) to open this spring. We had only planted it last year so didn’t know what to expect. We were worried when everything else was in bloom and the beech showed no […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinions in The Times. William Kristol/The Jewish State at 60 The Short Version: Happy Birthday, Israel. You are surrounded by crazies. In his words: “Still, even though the security of Israel is very much at risk, the good news is that, unlike in the 1930s, the Jews are […]


In which The Gay Recluse provides an update on a beehive of activity at 573-579 West 161st Street. So it’s official, if “official” means by way of an unnamed receptionist at the architects’s office: 573-575 West 161st Street is going to be a 6-story condominium. We’re trying to scrounge up a rendering, but in the […]


In which The Gay Recluse rather quickly gets lung cancer. Time of Photographs: May 10, around 8:30. The oily black smoke of 100-year-old boilers disperses daily across the rooftops in Washington Heights, heedless of those who suffer from pneumonia, asthma and tuberculosis. Officials and politicians? Not even footnotes in this story, which is about the […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinions in The Times. Frank Rich/Party Like It’s 2008 The Short Version: Friends, thank you! I, Frank Rich, have won the Democratic primary! In his words: “This is not 2004, when another Democrat from Massachusetts did for windsurfing what the previous model did for tanks.” Score: B- (Blather) […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinions in The Times. Bob Herbert/Seeds of Destruction The Short Version: Hillary’s message about “electability” and “white voters” is racist. In his words: “The Clintons have been trying to embed that gruesomely destructive message in the brains of white voters and superdelegates for the longest time. ” Score: […]


In which The Gay Recluse updates his informal but rather telling quantitative analysis of Modern Love, the weekly Style Section (of The Times) column in which openly gay writers almost never appear, and even less frequently describe a romantic relationship. This week’s piece: A Wedding Invitation for a Mom Long Gone by Julie Buxbaum Subject: […]


In which The Gay Recluse presents a gay/impressionistic alternative to this week’s Modern Love offering in The Times. Those looking for our quantitative analysis should click here. By JULIE BUXBAUM and THE GAY RECLUSE Published: May 11, 2008 SEVEN months ago, I was married in an ivory lace dress to a woman in a gray […]


In which The Gay Recluse asks a reader to think more conceptually. In response to our recent Franco Harris Hot Gay Statue submission, Reader Queerunity writes: all football players wear spandex, why is this gay? We’re posting this comment — and thanks for bringing this up, Queerunity — because we think it raises an interesting […]


In which The Gay Recluse holds a contest. Sort of. Today we received an interesting submission from Reader Troy, who writes to us from Pittsburgh: I have an important question for The Gay Recluse. In the Pittsburgh airport there is a statue of Franco Harris, who I have no reason to believe is gay. Yet […]



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