From "Letters at 3AM
" [Jan. 16]: "and the social acceptance, throughout the West, of homosexuality and endless varieties of gender-bending."
I missed this, when did this happen exactly? I feel that this line in the story is the weakest point. It undermines the paragraph in which it resides, because just as the author is convincing me of his lengthy point about the complexity of the modern world, he throws in the kitchen sink. Not necessary, a bit sensationalist, and I have no idea to what he is referring, unless he is pointing out that some dudes are shopping at Old Navy nowadays. Really, I need to be filled in, because I think that I missed a vital point somewhere along the way. Besides, a casual student of history would note that the so-called "complexities" of modernity are just shades of the same geopolitical games that have been going on for centuries plus the Internet (which isn't nearly as exciting or world-shattering as some troglodytes make it out to be, not to be too much of a party pooper). I haven't been paying much attention to this inauguration hoo-ha, so I suppose the historicity of it all has passed me by, although I did vote for the man. Also, I live in Chicago, so it's tough to avoid some of this business, but I'm doing the best that I can. I guess the line above just didn't connect with me at all. I'm not gay, so maybe I missed the party, but I'm wondering how I can be a fan of this column if the author is sort of off-base on this point.