Posts Tagged ‘Nicholas Kristof’

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. 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. Gail Collins/The Torch en Route The Short Version: Hillary wants to run. So what?   In his words: “South Dakota wants its turn. It wants to have Chelsea visit its community colleges and refuse to answer questions about Monica Lewinsky. ” Score: A- (Amusing) Collins continues […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores OMG four wtf!? selected opinions in The Times. Franck Rich/The All-White Elephant in the Room The Short Version: The Maverick’s preacher is just as crazy as Obama’s! In his words: “But he did say that God created Hurricane Katrina to punish New Orleans for its sins, particularly a scheduled […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinions in The Times. Gail Collins/How Will It Play in Apex? The Short Version: It’s hard to say who’s worse: Blabbermouth Bill or The Reverend Wright. In her words: “On the other hand, young voters who have yet to have their hearts broken by a politician find it wicked (sic?) […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Frank Rich/How McCain Lost in Pennsylvania The Short Version: We’ll see who’s laughing in November! In his words: “On the way to the finish line, the prolonged primary race, far from destroying the Democratic candidates, may do more insidious damage to the Republican […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Gail Collins/Hillary’s Smackdown The Short Version: Don’t panic, it’ll be ok. In her words: “If you want to worry about something, worry about the way both of them have been pandering themselves over the edge.” Score: B (Benign) Although we don’t want to […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Frank Rich/Shoddy! Tawdry! A Televised Train Wreck! The Short Version: That debate was la-la-la-lame! In his words: “I can’t remember a debate in which the only memorable moment was the audience’s heckling of a moderator.” Score: D+ (Dated) The debate already feels like […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Gail Collins/Battle of the Baggage The Short Version: We’re all very tired. In her words: “I know it’s been a hard couple of weeks, people. You were all excited about this election and now you feel like someone who got all dressed up […]


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. Gail Collins/Pinochle Politics The Short Version: I’m bored with politics. In her words: “Setting aside six weeks of preparation for the Pennsylvania primary turns out to have been a little excessive.” Score: B- (Boring) We agree with Collins that the Democratic primary is […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Frank Rich/Tet Happened, and No One Cared The Short Version: McCain is a big fucking idiot. In his words: “The sum total of his public record suggests that he could well prolong the war for another century — not because he’s the crazed […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Gail Collins/A Black Hole Rating System The Short Version: Well, these are not exactly the best of times. In her words: “Let’s prioritize. Rank all your causes for concern on a scale of: ! (unfortunate development) to !!!!! (Large Hadron Collider has a […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Frank Rich/Hillary’s St. Patrick’s Day Massacre The Short Version: Why is Hillary such a lying liar? To cover up her Iraq vote, of course! In his words: “Incredible as it seems, the professionals around Mrs. Clinton — though surely knowing her story was […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Gail Collins/The Uncle Al Election The Short Version: Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are politicians; ergo they act like politicians. In her words: “There isn’t a right or wrong to this argument — only strategy.” Score: A- (Aware) Although we’re not always in […]


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. Paul Krugman/Partying Like It’s 1929 The Short Version: We’re fucked, the only question is exactly how much. In his words: “The financial crisis currently under way is basically an updated version of the wave of bank runs that swept the nation three generations […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Nicholas Kristof/Obama and Race The Short Version: Obama gave a great speech the other day. In his words: “Much of the time, blacks have a pretty good sense of what whites think, but whites are oblivious to common black perspectives.” Score: B- (Boring) […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Nicholas Kristof/The Pimps’ Slaves The Short Version: Save the girls! In his words: “Pimps crush runaway girls with a mix of violence and affection, degradation and gifts, and then require absolute obedience to a rigid code: the girl cannot look the pimp in […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Gail Collins/Unwelcome Surprises The Short Version: Who knew? In her words: “Memo to future disgraced politicians: The nation has discussed this at length, and we do not want to see any more stricken spouses at the press conference. ” Score: B (Boring) We […]