The five faces of Eve

Dateline: Mon 07 Jun 2010

Saturday's Beliefs column in the New York Times featured an interesting woman -- Eve Tushnet,  "the celibate, gay, conservative, Catholic writer," who graduated from Yale University 10 years ago.

I wonder if the author of the piece, Mark Oppenheimer, struggled at all with the order of words used to describe her: does celibate really come before writer and Catholic? Why not gay, celibate, etc? Oh, the preeminence of words.

Picky picky.

The bigger point is what a contradiction in terms this daughter of "a well-known Harvard law professor and a former American Civil Liberties Union lawyer" whose father (Harvard prof) is a non-observant Jew, and whose mother (ACLU) attends the Unitarian church.

What came across is the joy with which Eve lives her life, and how she sort of stumbled into first, being conservative, and secondly being Catholic -- she attended a meeting of the Party of the Right at Yale, where she found the students "compassionate, intellectual and not terribly exercised about her homosexuality" (she came out when she was 13 or 14). She especially fell in with the Catholics, who corrected her notion that "the existence of sin 'means you are bad'" -- it's just the opposite.

One thing led to another, and now Tushnet, who lives in Washington, D.C., writes for various publications, including Catholic ones, but where she really lets her soul shine is on her blog

which I now have bookmarked. It's a medley of quotes from Dostoevsky, a soliciation for transgendered persons to read a novel she is writing and other equally revolutionary stuff, including a recipe for fritters.

She really is unique, and she is worth reading at least once, although I intend to stay connected. Check her out.



Marycatherine Barton [unverified] said:

Thanks for this introduction to Eve Tushnet, and for the points you made here, Ruth. I will check her out.

2010-06-07 19:12:09

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