Playing with Fire

Andrew Sullivan is, as anyone who follows blogs knows, a kind of sad caricature of what a blogger should be. Long ago most serious people stopped reading him, or paying attention to the kind of nasty invective that spews from his site.

But recently his sidekick and co-blogger Patrick Appel took a run at Terry Teachout, the arts commentator of the Wall Street Journal and the host of the blog About Last Night. Big mistake. TT took him apart in the most professional and, dare I say, "classy" way I have seen in the blogosphere. Terry's approach to rebutting baseless attacks should be an example to all bloggers.

TT is a national treasure. Everyone should, as I do, read him regularly.