A Goldblog reader wrote to ask me if I thought I might be stereotyping Provincetown by calling it rambunctious and high-spirited and lively. I think if I had used the word "flamboyant" -- which is to gays what "articulate" is to blacks and "aggressive bagel-aficionado" is to Jews -- I might have been caricaturing the place, but high-spirited? That's a good thing. In any case, the presence of gay people, just like the presence of blacks and Jews, makes a place cosmopolitan and enlightened and interesting. I have a friend who argues that cities, in order to reach greatness, must be at least 10 percent gay, 10 percent black and 10 percent Jewish. Someone has to organize poetry slams and start galleries and dance companies and fund the ballet and argue for libraries and generally make a disproportionate amount of noise. You know what they call a city without enough gays, blacks and Jews? Boise.
Age discrimination affects us all. Who cares about youth? James Hamblin turns to his colleague Jeffrey Goldberg for advice.