Matt Dorfman, the Art DIrector at the NY Times runs the Draft blog in which writers share their reasons for doing what it is that they do and the craft of writing. This particular piece was an ode to the author’s Thesaurus, and for most of us non writers I am sure the last time we used one we were writing a paper on To Kill a Mockingbird in high school.
This was fun to work on, it had all the benefits of the Op-Ed page without the insane deadline. Enjoy the joke.
"You know, I spent ten years detoxify this party. It’s been a bit like renovating an old, old house. You can take out a sexist beam here, a callous window there, replace the odd homophobic roof tile. But after awhile you realize that this renovation is doomed because the foundation is built on what I can only describe as a solid bed of cunts."