Posts Tagged ‘Iraq’

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 scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Frank Rich/The Petraeus-Crocker Show Gets the Hook The Short Version: Even I can’t get outraged over the Iraq war anymore. In his words: “Yet I must confess that, sitting in MoMA, I kept looking beyond the frame of Mr. Morris’s movie as well.” […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Bob Herbert/Losing Our Will The Short Version: The war in Iraq, recession, decaying infrastructure — OMG, we’re so fucked! In his words: “It’s both tragic and embarrassing.” Score: D- (Depressing) Herbert is not necessarily wrong about anything he says, but he’s not right, […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinions in The Times. Maureen Dowd/Toil and Trouble The Short Version: The Senate hearings on Iraq were a tragedy of Shakespearian proportions. In her words: “You know you’re in trouble when Barbara Boxer is the voice of reason.” Score: A (Awesome) Great Dowd! Effective allusions to Macbeth, hilariously crushing critiques of […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinions in The Times. Bob Herbert/A Different Kind of Election The Short Version: Even racist Democrats might vote for Obama given how much they hate Bush! In his words: “The table is set for the Democrats.” Score: B- (Basic) Nothing here to disagree with, but nothing you haven’t heard […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Frank Rich/The Republican Resurrection The Short Version: 1) Obama’s the man; 2) Clinton’s a monster, 3) McCain is loving it. In his words: “Instead of enhancing her own case for the presidency, she’s going to tear him down.” Score: B (Bit much) In […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Frank Rich/McCain Channels His Inner Hillary The Short Version: Like Clinton, McCain cannot escape his support of the Iraq war, which is a losing proposition with the electorate. In his words: “The good news for the Democrats so far is that whatever Mr. […]