Opinion

  • Masque of the Red Death

    Actress Goldie Hawn had no idea what she was wading into last week when she tweeted from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, ''Met...

  • Comfortably Numb

    Clichés get a bad rap because they beat dead horses until the cows come home with all the originality of the wall of books Barnes...

  • Outdated Offense

    Another January weekend ends, and with it so does the Centaur MC's annual Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend. Congratulations to Joe Birdwell, Mr. MAL 2014. While everything...

  • Misdirection

    The popular inability to distinguish fantasy from reality is not a new phenomenon. Snake-oil salesmen have long relied upon their marks' eagerness to believe in...

  • My Old Virginia Home

    This week in Richmond saw the inauguration of Terry McAuliffe as Virginia's governor and the start of a new Virginia political era: ''At Least It's...

  • Big Buzz

    It's fair enough to say that I've been fucked up a few times in my life. I point that out because, with the legalization of...

  • Hello, 2014

    With my last column of 2013 dedicated to my holiday wishes, the first column of 2014 should obviously be dedicated to predictions. First up in...

  • Finding a Lost Son

    I begin with a spoiler alert: If you have not seen the movie Philomena, you may want to see it before reading further. It is...

  • Duck Amuck

    One of the more frustrating aspects of the annual media rite of ''Year in Review'' stories is that they start hitting around Dec. 1, which...

  • Rationing Religious Freedom

    The religious right is fighting to turn America's religious freedom from a shield into a sword against public policies and groups they dislike. Posing as...

  • The Hope for the Pope

    So here we are, nearing the end of 2013 under the annual bombardment of year-in-reviews and ''Person of the Year'' covers. While I enjoy reading...

  • Book 'Em

    Currently, I have 19 books on my nightstand, which makes it less of a nightstand and more of a bookshelf. If I were answering Coverboy...

  • Holiday Wish List

    My, it's been a big year. Particularly so for gay Americans, thanks to the Supreme Court gutting the Defense of Marriage Act. Then again, for...

  • Francis the Evangelist

    I wanted to speak to Pope Francis last week when I encountered the phrase ''openness to the transcendent'' in his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The...

  • Funny Business

    Not long ago, I submitted myself to a full physical at my doctor's office after much concerned haranguing from husband and family. It's heartwarming that...

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