Posts Tagged ‘Maureen Dowd’

In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Nicholas Kristof/Obama and the Bigots The Short Version: We must teach people not to be such crazy losers. In his words: “Likewise, with countless people today spreading scurrilous rumors that Mr. Obama is a Muslim, the most appropriate response is a denial followed […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Maureen Dowd/Duel of Historical Guilts The Short Version: Let’s not get so caught up in identity politics. In his words: “As it turns out, making history is actually a way of being imprisoned by history.” Score: A- (Astute) Dowd writes with conviction and […]


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. […]


Of all the political columnists at The New York Times, Frank Rich has always seemed the most comfortable — or perhaps we should say the least oblivious — writing about political and social issues from what could be called a gay perspective. After all Rich, who was perhaps the most feared theater critic in the […]


As promised, we agreed to have the president of Iran over for tea on Monday afternoon to discuss The Magic Mountain, the magnus opus by Thomas Mann. President Ahmadinejad has long defended the work — as he did (somewhat controversially) in his speech a few blocks south of us at Columbia University — as one […]