"Work somewhere in a soup kitchen or something if you can’t take the pressure."I suppose this is a rephrasing of "if you can't stand the heat ...." Anyway, that is California's governor quoted in Maureen Dowd's column. I cannot understand though why that is a column--it is more like Dowd reporting on a meeting/interview. Where is the analysis/insight? I say this not because I am not a fan of Dowd. Well, of course, I am not a fan of Dowd; but, that is beside the point.
Speaking of NY Times columns, Frank Rich, as always, has a good commentary and with hyperlinks. Nicholas Kristoff has taken a break from detailing something on the freaky side of unfortunate aspects of lives somewhere, and has a neat column on an offbeat and upbeat experience. The good thing about Thomas Friedman's column is that he does not lead with how he had yet another insightful conversation at lunch with somebody. The bad news is that his penchant for manipulating metaphors is right at the title for the column!