January 14, 2005

And a Girl In the Corner Lets No One Ignore Her 'Cause She Thinks She's the Passionate One*

I, just like Undercover Brother, enjoy a good catfight. I enjoy pulling up a chair, opening a beer and just watching two people go at each other for shits and giggles. Is this bad of me? Probably, but it's good fun nonetheless, so I don't see why the hell I should have to stop myself.

Currently there's a bit o' debate about whether C.A. Tripp's book, The Intimate Life of Abraham Lincoln is the real deal and our 16th President was actually gay, or is a bit of poorly researched, historically inaccurate, predrawn-conclusioned garbage being foisted upon the masses.

In this catfight, we will assign the role of Philip Nobile to Aunjanue Ellis and Andrew Sullivan will be portrayed by Denise Richards. The accompanying catfight language goes something like this:

Nobile: "Bitch, please. I know my man Abe better than anyone else." {Insert fro stability here}

Sullivan: "Oh, no you don't. I'm gay and I say you're bigoted." {Insert toss of golden tresses here}

Nobile: "I'm no bigot. Why don't you read what I wrote, because then you will see that you deserve the ass-whooping of Biblical proportions I'm going to give you." {Insert rough yanking of Denise's tresses here}

Sullivan: {Speechless}


Posted by Kathy at January 14, 2005 02:33 PM

Here's a scenario:
B. Writer needs publicity, and royalties (after all, writer doesn't live of puyblicity alone)
I. Writer does an appraisal of trendy subjects.
N. Writer finds trendy subject: gay issues.
G. Writer looks at surveys of most popular presidents.
O. Writer finds a popular president who's dead, and whose descendants aren't likely to sue: Lincoln.

Writer does the math: trendy subject + popular president = Bingo!
Publicity, royalty checks follow.

Gad, I'm such a cynic.

Posted by: Fausta at January 15, 2005 08:49 AM

I would agree with your scenario in general terms. However, that's not the case here. Tripp bought the farm almost two years ago: I believe the publisher's to blame for this one.

Posted by: Kathy at January 15, 2005 11:53 AM

Ohhhhh yeah! And the man in the back said "Everyone attack" and it turned into a ballroom blitz.

Damn that was fun.

Posted by: Margi at January 15, 2005 06:12 PM

The real story is far more fascinating than any fantasy scenario posted here. C. A. Tripp--a noted sex researcher who wrote the all-time best-selling book on the subject of homosexuality--devoted the last 10 years of his life to researching Lincoln. He reached the conclusion--pretty well-established in his book--that Lincoln's emotional life was centered around men, and there was probably something sexual going on. The mass of evidence he's compiled, although circumstantial, is so strong it cannot simply be dismissed. The fellow who has been attacking the book so loudly, Philip Nobile, worked for five years with Tripp on the book before they parted ways. He then tried to sell his own book about how he believes Lincoln was bisexual. This former collaborator's animosioty towards Tripp has been apparent in two "Weekly Standard" articles. Tripp's insights, as a world-renowned sex researcher, have t be taken seriously, whether or not one accepts every conclusion in the book. Tripp died of cancer (at age 83) in May of 2003, just two weeks after finishing his draft of the book. It's worth reading, and wil be debated for years.

Posted by: Louis at January 15, 2005 10:05 PM
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