Something has changed. I don’t know what it is. I used to read Andrew Sullivan as fuel for my “god, conservatives are so stupid and unreasonable” fire. Hence the “Ugh, Andrew Sullivan” there on the right–a little admission that I read him but am embarrassed to be caught doing it.
But, then Lindsey points out, “Andrew Sullivan was on The Colbert Report tonight and I thought he was utterly charming and cordial and downright jolly about things.” And she’s right. He is utterly charming*. Is this new?
And today, Sully’s** all hopeful about a vibrant American culture. Kids, I can dig that–celebrating a vibrant American culture. He’s talking about a change in our cultural sense of humor: “The writers and actors trusted the audience to be in on the joke, and to realize that the fun they were poking was sharp but not designed to wound.”
First the cat and the dog get along. Now I’m agreeing with Andrew Sullivan. Will wonders never cease?
Anyway, I like the shit out of this idea of “sharp but not designed to wound” and I’m going to mull it over.
*Lindsey, did Fritz ever give you an answer to your question? I’ve been going back and forth between this and this and I just don’t know enough about gay male culture to say yes or no.
**Can I call him Sully? I want to. Can one have pet names for men she’s never met? He can call me something sweet and diminutive if he wants. I won’t mind.