As for me, I was just pleased, especially so recently after the epochal mid-term elections, which may well spell the end for conservatism as we have known it for the past few decades, to see that people are still willing to take a step back from the urgency of the twenty-four-hour news cycle and the latest politician misstep to talk about bigger, less partisan moral questions and to do so civilly even when confronted with views ostensibly diametrically opposed to their own. It’s almost enough to give one hope that Alasdair MacIntyre is wrong in his book After Virtue (the ToddSeavey.com Book Selection of the Month for January 2007), when he argues that coherent moral debate is impossible in our era because people tend to start from incommensurable fundamental premises. We managed to have the Village Voice sex columnist and an editor from Pat Buchanan’s magazine sit in the same audience for over an hour without hurting each other, at least.
UPDATE 2/11/07: Virginia was scheduled to appear on ABC News to talk about her book just after its release and just before Valentine’s Day but was bumped by a report about the death of Anna Nicole Smith. Sex sells, but not as well as sex + death + drugs + mystery + celebrity, apparently.
UPDATE 4/1/07: They rescheduled Virginia for 8am yesterday.
UPDATE 4/7/07: And here she is.