The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Friday, June 14, 2002  

Wing-Nuts Exposed...Page Number by Page Number

The only major fault we have with David Brock’s brilliant new book, Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative, is that it doesn’t have an index.

It is a void that has proved frustrating at those moments when we have needed to find Brock’s arch, witty, and often devastating observations of the almost uniformly creepy people who comprised his former world.

Interestingly enough, this also was the major criticism we had 12 years ago when Pat Hackett published The Warhol Diaries, though at 1,000 or so pages, our experience with Andy Warhol’s posthumously published oevre bordered on the maddening rather than the merely irritating.

Imagine, then, how pleased we were today to find the Brock Index Project on the web. Despite being a bit jumbled in its current form (to be improved in the future, according to the site) and in need of greater detail, the Index is truly a godsend.

Wondering where Brock reveals John Podhoretz’s drag name, “Tiffany Midgeson”? Turn to page 42.

Can’t recall the name of the gay bar at which Matt Drudge went into a jealous fit? Check out page 283.

Need to refresh your memory about Laura Ingraham’s homicidal tendencies? Page 236.

Unsure whether or not Ann Coulter is an anti-Semite? Open to page 182.

Looking for confirmation of Gary Aldrich’s complete ignorance of the basic ethics of journalism? That’s on page 265.

Searching for evidence of Lucianne Goldberg’s deranged and projected sexual fantasies? You want page 309.

We are forever indebted to the Brock Index Project’s noble compilers.

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