There's Method to Andrew Sullivan's Madness

... But conservatives, gays can't figure it out
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2009 8:02 AM CDT
Arriana Huffington, left, with writer Andrew Sullivan, arrives for Atlantic Magazine's 150th Anniversary celebration in New York on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007.   (AP Photo/Rick Maiman)
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(Newser) – At age 8, Andrew Sullivan asked his mother if God really was omniscient. Her affirmative reply terrified him: “Then there’s no hope for me, Mum.” Despite his success, conservatives, Catholics, and gay activists might agree—even though he belongs to each of their constituencies, Johann Hari writes in a More Intelligent Life profile of his friend and model-turned-blogger.

“I’ve never really had a place where someone didn’t dispute my right to be there,” says Sullivan. Hari credits him with pioneering blogs and supporting same-sex marriage before many gays. But Sullivan, who’s HIV-positive, finds his legacy in those he’s lost to the virus: “They’re my fuel. I’m a child of the plague, and I will never, never forget that.”