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It Is Accomplishedsullydishweddingaisle

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:21:21 +0000

As Gandhi never quite said, First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they attack you. Then you win. I remember one of the first TV debates I had on the then-strange question of civil marriage for gay couples. It was Crossfire, as I recall, and Gary Bauer’s response to my rather earnest … Continue reading It Is Accomplished

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The Years Of Writing Dangerouslysullydish

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 20:00:45 +0000

Thirteen years ago, as I was starting to experiment with this blogging thing, I wrote the following: [T]he speed with which an idea in your head reaches thousands of other people’s eyes has another deflating effect, this time in reverse: It ensures that you will occasionally blurt out things that are offensive, dumb, brilliant, or … Continue reading The Years Of Writing Dangerously

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The Miracle Of FrancissullydishUntier-Of-Knots-CoverImage

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 19:30:03 +0000

One sub-theme of the Dish has long been my passionate, tortured relationship with the Catholic Church. This decade and a half exposed the unspeakable child abuse epidemic in the church, leaving me utterly unmoored and gutted. My faith life during all these years sputtered, lingered, and at times opened onto a dry, bleak wasteland. I … Continue reading The Miracle Of Francis

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A Note To Our Readers, Ctdsullydish

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:30:42 +0000

One of countless readers asks: OK, no more begging for site to continue, EXCEPT can you please leave the site up for those of us who want to go back to read past weekend posts? These don’t have an expiration date. My weekends are so busy that I often don’t get a chance to explore … Continue reading A Note To Our Readers, Ctd

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As The World Turnssullydishweddingflowers.jpg

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:00:43 +0000

Yesterday, this news broke: U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) declined to offer his hopes for litigation seeking marriage rights for same-sex couples before the U.S. Supreme Court, but said he doesn’t expect House Republicans will weigh in on the issue. “I don’t expect that we’re going to weigh in on this,” Boehner said. “The … Continue reading As The World Turns

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How To Read The Entire InternetdishpatrickKeely Blogging With Me

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:30:47 +0000

by Patrick Appel “Send me five links a day” was the original job Andrew gave me. Now, in the more than seven years since then, I have almost certainly read more than a million blog posts. It is entirely possible, during that time, that I have read more posts than anyone else on the planet. … Continue reading How To Read The Entire Internet

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Your Moments Of Dishnesssullydishweddingus2screenshots 14-11dishiese5_2wtcandrew-sullivan-i-was-wrong-coverputinrearshisheadobamasmugunnamed (12)timthumb-php100_6813-001image1tuxesandrewsullivandishness-slideshowdish themesdog-fight-PS

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 16:00:15 +0000

Yesterday we made one final bleg requesting “your favorite moment of Dishness” – and you delivered in spades, as you always do. It’s hard to disagree with this reader’s pick: Your wedding, plain and simple. The photos, the setting, the dogs, the look in your faces: I’ve been reading you for 10+ years and you kept me looking forward and to … Continue reading Your Moments Of Dishness

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Living The Dishhead Dreamchasdannerchas-inbox-iranVFYWC-224dish-prep-assignment-buttons

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:30:40 +0000

by Chas Danner I’m a reader. That’s how this ride started for me. Seven years ago there was, and still is, no better place on the Internet for keeping abreast of news, arguments, ideas, and the penetrating thoughts and experiences of complete strangers – the Dish’s readers. Finding the Dish was a revelation. I was … Continue reading Living The Dishhead Dream

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How I Met Andrew Sullivandishmatt

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:00:33 +0000

by Matthew Sitman One of the first questions I get when a person finds out I work at the Dish, and that Andrew is not just my boss but my friend, is about how we met. Unlike most of my generation, and probably most readers of this blog, I first encountered Andrew’s writing in his … Continue reading How I Met Andrew Sullivan

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Quote For The Daysullydishshipcape.jpg

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 14:32:16 +0000

By Maurice Sendak: “But the wild things cried, “Oh please don’t go – we’ll eat you up – we love you so!” And Max said, “No!” The wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws but Max stepped into his private boat … Continue reading Quote For The Day

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A Poem For Andrewdishalice

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 14:00:19 +0000

by Alice Quinn For Andrew, essential defender of parity in the sphere of love: That Love is all there is, Is all we know of Love; It is enough, the freight should be Proportioned to the groove. –Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

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The Warsullydish

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 13:00:35 +0000

That’s what changed me – and this blog. That’s what changed America. And that’s why Obama is president. When I look back on the stumbling, reversed, jagged path I found myself taking with you over the past decade, it is the war that looms largest. It showed me the callowness of neoconservative certainty – a … Continue reading The War

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The View From My WindowsullydishDC-525pm

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 12:32:12 +0000

Washington, DC, 5.25 pm

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Quote For The Day IIsullydish

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 01:30:05 +0000

“The world cannot be a problem to anyone who sees that ultimately Christ, the world, his brother and his own inmost ground are made one and the same in grace and redemptive love. If all the current talk about the world helps people to discover this, then it is fine. But if it produces nothing … Continue reading Quote For The Day II

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Know Scopesullydishdish_nasapic

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 01:00:13 +0000

Marcelo Gleiser reminds us that, even though science has not yet detected gravitational waves from the Big Bang, “we should take note of what we do know about the early universe, which is nothing short of spectacular”: We know that the universe is about 13.8 billion years old (a number that, updated from 13.7, has … Continue reading Know Scope

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Face Of The DaysullydishBeagles!

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 00:27:11 +0000

From a reader saying goodbye:

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A Short Story For Thursdaysullydishernest_hemingway_fishing

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 23:15:04 +0000

This selection is one of Ernest Hemingway’s most brilliant and enduring, “Big Two-Hearted River.” The story deserves a patient, close reading; perhaps no better example of Hemingway’s distinctive prose style exists. Here’s how it begins: The train went on up the track out of sight, around one of the hills of burnt timber. Nick sat down on … Continue reading A Short Story For Thursday

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Exiting The Anxiety Closetsullydish

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 22:14:23 +0000

Maria Bamford, a Dish fave, exited through comedy: Scott Stossel reflects on his decision to open up about his chronic anxiety: I revealed my anxiety and … the world didn’t end. Did friends and colleagues talk about me behind my back? Maybe. Probably. (O.K., definitely.) But for the most part people didn’t seem to treat me any differently — … Continue reading Exiting The Anxiety Closet

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Dudes On Diets, Ctdsullydish

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 21:52:20 +0000

A reader brings a personal touch to this topic: This subject is near-and-dear to my heart. I was a college athlete who never had to even think about what I ate to maintain low bodyfat. Then my workouts dropped to, say, 20% of what I had been doing when I stopped playing college bball and … Continue reading Dudes On Diets, Ctd

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Will Vaccination Become Partisan?sullydish

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 20:44:34 +0000

Sarah Despres hopes not. She notes that, currently, “support for immunizations is largely bipartisan”: According to a recently released survey from the Pew Research Center, the public opinion on vaccine requirements, for example, divides much more by age than by political affiliation. This may be a function of the fact that younger people are less likely … Continue reading Will Vaccination Become Partisan?

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Should Even Heroin Be Legal? Ctdsullydishchasing-scream

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 20:20:43 +0000

A reader writes: I am enjoying Johann Hari’s Chasing the Scream very much. For the most part I find that the author backs up his views with solid evidence and logic. However, the suggestion in Chapter 13 that a chaotic, abusive home and the parents’ failure to bond (attach) with the child is what causes addiction … Continue reading Should Even Heroin Be Legal? Ctd

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The View From Your Windowsullydishoxford-1115amyoung-sully3young-sully2young-sully1

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 20:00:44 +0000

Oxford, England, 11.15 am. And my old classmate from Oxford who sent this photo yesterday follows up with three more, all from ’81:

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The Genetics Of Fucking Aroundsullydish

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 19:31:11 +0000

The Economist unpacks new research suggesting that humans are not born equally promiscuous: As with many biological phenomena—height, for example—propensity for promiscuity in either sex might be expected to be normally distributed; that is, to follow what are known colloquially as “bell curves”. The peaks of these curves would have different values between the sexes, just as … Continue reading The Genetics Of Fucking Around

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The Fight For Independent Journalismsullydish

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 19:00:11 +0000

A CBC camera crew led by the wonderful Michelle Gagnon visited the Dish “offices” recently: The CBC’s Neil Macdonald takes on native advertizing sponsored content branded content ads disguised as journalism. Money quote: Sullivan’s case against native advertisement is powerful and succinct. “It is advertising that is portraying itself as journalism, simple as that,” he told me recently. “It is … Continue reading The Fight For Independent Journalism

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A Final Blegsullydishsullygap2015

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 18:20:40 +0000

What was your favorite moment of Dishness over the years? Email your reply under the subject heading “Moment of Dishness” to and we’ll post some for tomorrow morning. Please keep your response under 100 words (about twice the length of this post) so we can read as many as we can. Points for esoteric or embarrassing moments. (Photo mashup of … Continue reading A Final Bleg

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The Latest On Those Gitmo “Suicides”sullydishcamp-no

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 17:50:34 +0000

It’s a story we have long covered, even as many MSM outlets pooh-poohed the idea of accidental-homicide-through-torture. So we’re glad to be able to the recent Newsweek piece as the definitive latest word on the affair. It contains the following key paragraph: A highly placed source in the Department of Defense who deals with detainees’ … Continue reading The Latest On Those Gitmo “Suicides”

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The Long Game Of Barack ObamasullydishScreen Shot 2015-02-05 at 10.51.40 AMScreen Shot 2015-02-05 at 11.04.02 AMScreen Shot 2015-02-05 at 11.07.33 AM

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 17:02:39 +0000

Perhaps the prevailing theme of this blog these past seven years has been the hope and promise of the Obama presidency. I’ve long insisted that his record will only be fully understood after eight years, that his role as the liberal Reagan of our time could not be glimpsed fully in real time – the … Continue reading The Long Game Of Barack Obama

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The Blogger Uniform ExposedsullydishIMG_6117

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:43:40 +0000

This is a disgusting picture, but an actual one we took today of my blogger poitrine every morning. It’s so foul it’s going after the jump: The brown Jackson Pollock is created from little droplets of coffee that migrate from my beard and moustache to adorn my bathrobe and, yes, laptop, as I blog through … Continue reading The Blogger Uniform Exposed

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Why Do We Read?sullydish

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:27:47 +0000

Joshua Rothman searches for an answer in Deidre Shauna Lynch’s Loving Literature: A Cultural History. How reading has changed: For a long time, people didn’t love literature. They read with their heads, not their hearts (or at least they thought they did), and they were unnerved by the idea of readers becoming emotionally attached to books and writers. It … Continue reading Why Do We Read?

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The Promise Of Psilocybinsullydish3567431472_f8414a7ea1_o

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 15:48:57 +0000

Michael Pollan’s New Yorker piece on the medical benefits of psychedelics is well worth a read: As I chatted with Tony Bossis and Stephen Ross in the treatment room at N.Y.U., their excitement about the results was evident. According to Ross, cancer patients receiving just a single dose of psilocybin experienced immediate and dramatic reductions in anxiety and … Continue reading The Promise Of Psilocybin

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Letters From Gitmosullydish

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:42:14 +0000

Christian Lorentzen reviews Guantánamo Diary, the recently unclassified (and heavily redacted) 2005 memoir by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a former detainee still in US custody: Guantánamo Diary is no masterpiece: inevitably, it’s repetitive (Slahi likens his interrogations to Groundhog Day), and often banal when what it recounts isn’t revolting. But Slahi is an intelligent and sensitive writer … Continue reading Letters From Gitmo

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A Book Cover That Judges YousullydishScreen Shot 2015-02-03 at 11.08.28 AM

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 13:44:08 +0000

Alison Flood explains: Thijs Biersteker of digital entrepreneurs Moore has created a book jacket that will open only when a reader shows no judgment. An integrated camera and facial recognition system scans the reader’s face, only unlocking the book – in the prototype, filled with creative work for the Art Directors Club Netherlands annual – … Continue reading A Book Cover That Judges You

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Why Can’t Vaccination Be Voluntary?sullydish

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 12:41:43 +0000

Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig observes that, in “a variety of European countries, including the United Kingdom, Sweden, The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, and Finland, high vaccination coverage (up to 99 percent in Finland, for example) has been achieved without the use of mandates.” But this won’t work in America: Insofar as we detest mandates because they are an affront to … Continue reading Why Can’t Vaccination Be Voluntary?

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Email Of The Daysullydish

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 01:25:54 +0000

Mostly for the bottom part: Hi Andrew, I know you’ll be receiving hundreds, likely thousands, of tributes and thank-yous this week, notes of appreciation long and short from your readers around the world. I hope you find time in your transition to read and absorb these messages of love and support. I hope too that … Continue reading Email Of The Day

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Face Of The DaysullydishAndrew 1

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 01:00:20 +0000

Yep, this is me, at Oxford, in 1981. Sent in by an old classmate and Dishhead as a parting gift. As the world turns …

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Quote For The Daysullydish

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 00:35:10 +0000

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” – T. S. Eliot, Little Gidding.

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The Generation Gap On MGMsullydishCircumcision

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 23:39:16 +0000

It’s significant: You know we couldn’t end the blog without at least one more post defending foreskin. Previous Dish on male genital mutilation here. Update from a reader: Since it’s my last chance, I just wanted to thank you for your posts on circumcision (and all the others over the years). I hadn’t thought to question the practice, … Continue reading The Generation Gap On MGM

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A Note To Our Readers, Ctdsullydish

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 22:20:57 +0000

In response to our Dish RIP post, a reader titles her email “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, Ctd”: Ugh. I had a sliver of hope and now it’s gone.  I understand, but man, this sucks bad.  I knew there was a chance you’d go through with leaving, so I’ve been looking around at other places to look for this … Continue reading A Note To Our Readers, Ctd

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