Is Sally Quinn A Minotaur?

by Jim Newell

Fancy New York City glossy Vanity Fair has a new profile of Washington’s Premier Hostess & Greatest Newspaper Writer, Sally Quinn, describing the turmoil this gal went through when her husband’s newspaper, The Washington Post, decided to end her insane print column, “The Party,” after she had used her space one week to describe a personal, social scheduling conflict of hers, and nothing else. How did Sally Quinn, Queen and Spokeswoman of the Washington Premier Socialite Village Lawn Party Country Club, ever survive this episode? With her magical minotaur powers, of course! Did you know that Sally Quinn is a *minotaur*?

Still quite the looker at 68, pulled together in gray wool pants and a lavender cardigan, Sally is ensconced in one of the many sitting areas of her stately Georgetown town house as she sets the record straight. First, she would like to clarify that she wasn’t canned; the “Party” column had been intended only as a holiday-season offshoot of her On Faith Web site, and she’d started phasing it out anyway. Second, she feels no need to apologize. After the firestorm, she entered the concrete meditation labyrinth her husband had built for her on their country estate in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, to think. When she came out the other side, she was clear. “I did exactly the right thing,” she says. The story of the “dueling” weddings had been out there, she explains, prompting all kinds of nasty online comments about her son and his bride-to-be. “I wrote that piece to protect them… If somebody goes after my kids, look out.”


[Vanity Fair]

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actor212 June 2, 2010 at 10:59 am

She looks more like a dinosaur.


Mild Midwesterner June 2, 2010 at 11:01 am

Liz Lemon was able to attend 3 weddings in one day. Sally Quinn is no Liz Lemon.

Capitol Hillbilly June 2, 2010 at 11:02 am

Still a hooker at 68? I guess there’s an ass for every seat.

snideinplainsight June 2, 2010 at 11:04 am

I’m so relieved the burdens of the fourth estate are in such capable and responsible hands.

That is her fourth estate, right? St. Mary’s, The Berkshires, Nags Head, Napa, Georgetown… fifth? Oh, fifth. Right, whatever.

JooJoo Bee June 2, 2010 at 11:06 am

God, how old is that picture? And is that really HER hand, or someone else’s ‘shopped in? Looks too diminutive, even for a minotaur, and the angle is wrong.

Think I’m being cruel? Maybe, but turn-a-meow is fair play, Sally Dearest.

populucious June 2, 2010 at 11:06 am

Most regular folk type people, when confronted with an unpleasant family brouhaha and the need to defend our chillins ‘gainst scurrilous family gossip go wander through a Starbucks and emerge with a scathing Christmas letter which we send only to the people involved. But no, Sally, you’re totally right…you are just like us. You did what any of us would have done, if we had access to a national newspaper.

ladymacbeth June 2, 2010 at 11:08 am

i would like to see her in a roomful of teabaggers.

Gun-toting Progressive June 2, 2010 at 11:09 am

Why the long face?

Nappied Hypotenuse June 2, 2010 at 11:09 am

All I know about Sally Quinn I learned from this reposted comment

freakishlystrong June 2, 2010 at 11:11 am

Is Sally Quinn A Minotaur? God, I hope these headlines will work at Gawker, Newell. If not, get yer ass back here.

Surfeit O'Hubris June 2, 2010 at 11:15 am

Her husband built a concrete labyrinth for her? Are we sure he wanted her to find her way out again?

ManchuCandidate June 2, 2010 at 11:16 am

Narcissist Minotaur social climber upset that everyone is calling her a narcissist minotaur.

x111e7thst June 2, 2010 at 11:17 am

[re=589200]Mild Midwesterner[/re]:If Sally Q had gotten hold of some of the Snowbilly Grifter’s Extreme Greenies she would not have had any difficulty attending multiple weddings in a single day.

JMP June 2, 2010 at 11:17 am

“Still quite the looker at 68″

So the profile lies with the very first clause; that doesn’t make me want to read the whole thing. But I guess it fits for someone who writes about lies (AKA faith) for a living.

Meanwhile, the mainstream media continues to spend most of its time staring at its own navel and yet somehow wonders why no one buys their papers/magazines anymore.

Dashboard_Buddha June 2, 2010 at 11:18 am

Photographic proof that she faced the Minotaur.

Joehoya June 2, 2010 at 11:21 am

Turn back, Sally. Turn back before it’s too late.

SayItWithWookies June 2, 2010 at 11:23 am

Yes she’s a minotaur, just not a very couth one. Why I once saw her eating a peasant with her salad trident.

proudgrampa June 2, 2010 at 11:26 am

[re=589198]actor212[/re]: [re=589208]JooJoo Bee[/re]: Looks like T. Rex to me…

Vulpes82 June 2, 2010 at 11:26 am

And her kids, I’m sure, have given her a hearty “Thanks, Mom!” for her bang-up job “protecting” them! Instead of a bit of gossip and a few nasty online comments (is there any other kind?) she broadcast it to the nation at large and made everyone involved a laughingstock. Yes, I’m sure a mama grizzly would just be quaking in her half-ton fur at that kind of maternal instinct.

Terry June 2, 2010 at 11:27 am

“stately Georgetown town house”

I don’t think she’s a minotaur. I think she’s Batman. Stately Georgetown town house, stately Wayne Manor. Have you ever seen Sally and Batman together? Have you ever seen her with Bruce Wayne, for that matter? This woman is leading a double life.

thefrontpage June 2, 2010 at 11:27 am

Don’t the nimrods at this “Vanity Fair” thing have anything better to write about? Gawd sheesh almighty, who the hell cares?

Now, if it was an article about the great newspaper editor BEN BRADLEE, many of us would care–he is one of the greats of modern-day journalism, and he helped bring down the evil demon Nixon and his evil demon cronies.

So, Vanity Fair people–how about a non-gossipy, news-oriented, straight-ahead feature story on BEN BRADLEE, based on interviews with him–and him only–conducted today, in 2010?

THAT would be something worth reading.

you cannot be serious June 2, 2010 at 11:28 am

She will be judged in the fields of Asphodel.

gimmeabreak1 June 2, 2010 at 11:29 am

Off topic, for sure, but ridiculously important.

PUMA starts a Hillary 2012 petition. You know what to do.

FMA June 2, 2010 at 11:31 am

[re=589209]populucious[/re]: Nah, most regular folks settle such disputes by getting wasted at Thanksgiving and whacking your aunt over the head with a turkey drumstick.

doxastic June 2, 2010 at 11:35 am

If you find yourself thinking “how could making a public ass out of yourself and your family over a ‘story out here’ that literally no one cared about possibly be ‘the right thing’ to do?” just keep in mind that minotaurs are not the sharpest mythical hellbeasts around, even those whose labyrinths are optimized for meditation.

Terry June 2, 2010 at 11:37 am

Good grief. I just read her column about the two weddings. It was agreed that she and her husband would not attend his granddaughter’s wedding? There’s some kind of drama that stops him from attending his granddaughter’s wedding? Then their son gets his girlfriend knocked up (uh, there are ways to prevent this from happening now, you know) and they have to rush the wedding and the ONLY day in the whole year is the date of the granddaughter’s wedding and now the whole family is p.o’d.

I think that’s a fair summary.

The Bradlees sound like the Clampetts, I swear. Sally is the very person you want to listen to on matters of faith and manners.

Baby who ate the Dingo June 2, 2010 at 11:37 am

[re=589207]snideinplainsight[/re]: Nags Head? Maybe Corolla. That’s Like New York, Paris, Springfield. Paris?!?

WadISay June 2, 2010 at 11:37 am

Her face has had more work done in the last 3 years than the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi in Minneapolis.

Baby who ate the Dingo June 2, 2010 at 11:41 am

I dunno, but her face looks like its gotten the Phyllis Diller treatment a few times. Kinda looks like her nipples are probably on her shoulders by now, due to all the stretching stuff.

peggynoonansrickshaw June 2, 2010 at 11:41 am

how great is it to not be these people.

actor212 June 2, 2010 at 11:42 am

[re=589227]proudgrampa[/re]: I think you misspelled “Wrecks”.

Geogre June 2, 2010 at 11:42 am

She’s a sconce?

I wonder if she’s wainscotted, too?

Perhaps there’s a balustrade in there, with a great deal of crenelation appropriate for someone “pulled together” inside wool pants.

I would like to know with what levers and fulcrums and by which angle of force the pulling is done.

Is Vanity Fair writing simply a synonym for “hack imitation of something one supposes one read in a previous incarnation at the Club when one was snuck in as a member’s joy boy?” “Ensconced” indeed.

penalcolony June 2, 2010 at 11:43 am

An article about married-to-Ben-Bradlee, written by daughter-of-Israeli-flotilla-admiral-Marty-Peretz.

That’s D.C. for you; ground zero of American meritocracy . . .

germansteel June 2, 2010 at 11:44 am

She was on Morning Joe last week, with Ben in tow. Ben must be senile now, because she answered every question for him and he barely got a word in. The stories Ben could have told about Jack Kennedy, but is now too far around the bend. Sad.

Naked Bunny with a Whip June 2, 2010 at 11:46 am

When she came out the other side, she was clear. “I did exactly the right thing,” she says.

That’s my kind of meditation bunker!

Dashboard_Buddha June 2, 2010 at 11:48 am

[re=589233]gimmeabreak1[/re]: Fun comments

AnnieGetYourFun June 2, 2010 at 11:56 am

[re=589262]Naked Bunny with a Whip[/re]: My guess is that Madoff wakes up in his “meditation cell” every morning with roughly the same thought.

These people make the characters on Gossip Girl like mature decision-makers.

V572625694 June 2, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Exclusive pix of Sally’s bunker.

Come here a minute June 2, 2010 at 12:07 pm

What a shame they did not throw away the key to the concrete meditation labyrinth. Juli left us for this paragon of journamalism? Jim will soon be led by Sally through the Quinn concrete meditation labyrinth for a Gawker exclusive!

joezoo June 2, 2010 at 12:08 pm

HEY JIM NEWELL! Happy last day and all that, make sure to take a dump in the office sink, etc.

We would like to give you these “prizes” of which you spoke on the Tweeter. How about a Paypal link, eh?

La Cieca June 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm

[re=589214]freakishlystrong[/re]: “Nah, you won’t need that ball of twine, Sally. Just leave it here.”

Decker June 2, 2010 at 12:28 pm

“I [exposed them in public] to protect them… If somebody goes after my kids, look out.”

She needed to retreat to the Bat-Maze to come up with that? Palin can do it better before she’s even had her morning coffee and Botox.

Troubledog June 2, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Bitch has to go to Maryland to think in her gray trousers.

ella June 2, 2010 at 12:33 pm

She’s gonna be so pissed off if Bradlee outlives her.

Snarkalicious June 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm

It’s relatively obvious this is where one would allegedly go to hunt and kill captured homeless folk.

Neilist June 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Ah, yes! Hampton Roads, 1862. The C.S.S. Virginia, having the previous day destroyed or damaged several Federal warships, prepares to resume its history-making effort to break the Union blockcade. Suddenly, from out of the distance, a low-slung craft appears. Could it be? It is! The U.S.S. Minotaur (S. Quinn, Commanding) has come to save the day! Huzzah!!!!

Terry June 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm


I’m annoyed about that. Sally and Ben should really be over in Virginia, maybe down by Middleburg. Much more their kind of people than those in Southern Maryland. It’s less likely that the Amish, farmers, fishermen, and other middle and working class people would understand about her suffering.

lawrenceofthedesert June 2, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Sally continues to uphold the cherished traditions of horizontal journalism.

lizzieborden June 2, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Okay, I’m confused. I clicked on the link to read the original article. She states she was “thrilled” to learn her son’s girlfriend was prego, and that’s what caused the change in dates. So she’s happy her little horndog banged his trollop, but has to get the ring on the finger, complete with all the bells & whistles, before she pops, or even shows? And did the darling trollop wear white, me wonders.

I guess at the ripe old age of 45, I’m a bit old fashion to believe the sconce of upper society would find pre-martial mattress boogie, or the evidence of said activity, a bit not “thrill”ing.

LiveFromSinusCity June 2, 2010 at 2:15 pm

[re=589208]JooJoo Bee[/re]: definitely a stunt hand.

Mostly_Harmless June 2, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Minotaurs have lost all sex appeal to me now.

Snarkalicious June 2, 2010 at 5:47 pm

[re=589708]Mostly_Harmless[/re]: sigh I guess I’ll just have to take the bottom half of the suit to the cleaners then. Hey, Newell! You got a couple extra Ameros I can borrow on the way out? 3 inch shag don’t clean cheap.

crapshooter102 June 2, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Jesus H. Christ, this dog is on her last hunt.

Mr Blifil June 2, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Quite the looker at 65=smells of mothballs and eucalyptus, but still technically bangable, though her propensity for hairtrigger orgasm results in total loss of continence, for both parties.

natteringnabomb June 2, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Nobody is “quite a looker” at 68 unless your extremely drunk and into granny love.

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