The Quitter

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Well (as The Chairman of the Board would say) isn’t that a kick in the head? Patient Less Than Zero (seen above at his most winsome ) has given up blogging !

Andrew Sullivan, a former New Republic editor who is widely considered to be one of the internet’s First Bloggers, has decided to stop blogging at the Dish “in the near future.”
In a post titled “A Note to My Readers,” Sullivan writes that he wants to quit blogging to spend more time with his family and focus on his health. He’s also looking forward to pursuing other forms of writing:

“I’m a human being before I am a writer; and a writer before I am a blogger, and although it’s been a joy and a privilege to have helped pioneer a genuinely new form of writing, I yearn for other, older forms. I want to read again, slowly, carefully. I want to absorb a difficult book and walk around in my own thoughts with it for a while. I want to have an idea and let it slowly take shape, rather than be instantly blogged. I want to write long essays that can answer more deeply and subtly the many questions that the Dish years have presented to me. I want to write a book.”

And I want a pony.

I’m sure I don’t have to familiarize those who read this blog with my antipathy to Sully-Pooh (which needless to say is mutual) and for which I have been attacked for it on the August cyber-pages of Salon For many he is some sort of Holy Figure — reasons for which I cannot imagine. The one and only time I met him was back in ’92 at the very first meeting of the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association in San Francisco, where despite the “Brothers Welcome” note on his barebackcity.com file he fixed me with a look I haven’t seen since venturing below the Mason-Dixon line or being manhandled by a white policeman in Los Angeles.. And leave us not forget Sully’s pimping Charles Murray when he ran TNR. That should have made Sully’s racism obvious to all. Though apparently it didn’t. Still back in San Francisco in ’92 Sully had real trouble on that occasion with Mike Signorile.

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who did the honors of kickin’ ass and takin’ names particularly as regards the Time-Share in The Pines Sully and his S.O. du jour had with Dick Cheney’s top aide Pete Williams

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whose job was not in peril as a result of is gayness — unlike those members of the military then engaged in the FIRST Iraq war. This disparity kicked of the “Gays-in-the-Military” Hoo-Hah that produced “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and then lifted the ban entirely. Props to Mike and Big Ol’ Raspberry to Sully.

Recently on Facebook someone asked if he was comparable to Roy Cohn

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Now that’s going WAY too far IMO. First of all he’s not that important.
As the New York Magazine item above noted this isn’t the first Farewell Tour Sully has under taken. Why it was just ten years ago that he said —

“After much hemming and hawing, I’ve decided to put the blog as you’ve known it on hiatus for a few months. The Dish will still exist, the site will be updated weekly with new feature articles, and I’ll still post when I feel like it. But it won’t have the regularity or content of the past four and a half years. Why? The simple answer is that I want to take a breather, to write a long-overdue book, to read some more, travel to Europe and the Middle East, and work on some longer projects. Much as I would like to do everything, I’ve been unable to give the blog my full attention and make any progress on a book (and I’m two years behind). It’s not so much the time as the mindset. The ability to keep on top of almost everything on a daily and hourly basis just isn’t compatible with the time and space to mull over some difficult issues in a leisurely and deliberate manner. Others might be able to do it. But I’ve tried and failed. Besides, this is my fifth year of daily blogging – I was doing this when Clinton was president and Osama bin Laden was largely unknown – and I’ve always thought it’s a good idea to quit something after around five years or so. Before it becomes a chore. Before you become numb. No, it’s not a response to criticism. I’m a big boy and have provoked critics from the minute this blog started. I deserve much of what I get. And to tell you the truth, I rather enjoy the heat and will miss some of kitchen. But over two million words is a good enough mile-stone to ease up for a while. And getting through the US and Iraq elections seems to me as fair a time to take a leave as any. So I’m going to turn this into a far more occasional operation for a while. I’ll keep posting when the feeling grabs me; but I’m no longer going to promise the kind of daily attention to the news that I have practised so far. I hope that after, say, nine months, I’ll return to blogging full-steam with perhaps a new direction or approach to refresh the material. A little distance from the blogosphere might be helpful in that as well.”

Take as much distance as you like dear.

Cue Janet Vandergraff!