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Washington Post Columnist Sally Quinn’s “The Party” Possibly Tragic Victim Of Oversharing Rampage

sally_quinn_2.24.10.jpgThere’s a reason why “media” begins with a big ol’ M and E. Bloggers, newspapers’ op-ed writers, and TV anchors have all found myriad ways of inserting a personal anecdote or, say, live footage of their colonoscopies into their work. And there’s a reason why people approach such self-absorbed examples of oversharing with equal parts morbid fascination and unadulterated horror.

Washington Post columnist Sally Quinn may find herself fighting for her right to “Party,” loudly and alone, after penning a post that brought oversharing to a whole ‘nother level.


Yesterday, The Huffington Post jumped on a particularly noticeable case of oversharing in Sally Quinn‘s Washington Post column, “The Party.” Quinn, whose work many liken to a religious experience, prefaces her column by noting that she’s not writing all about her and her family’s personal lives for her health, people. It’s for YOU:

I’m going to discuss a drama unfolding in our family, and I’m discussing it only because others have made it public and messy. It’s a conflict that I hope readers can understand — and avoid in their own lives.

Yes. THAT drama. You know the one, right? About two weddings occurring in her family on the same weekend? Right, yes. Exactly. Party on!

Approximately 742 words later, we got to an awful lot of clarification into the scheduling practices of Quinn’s family without any understanding of why, exactly, we’ve just read this. But the PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW all about the personal musings of complete strangers.

Now, rumors are circulating that Quinn’s column has been at the center of much discussion among the higher-ups at the Washington Post, including executive editor Marcus Brauchli. We’ll have more news about Quinn’s column as this unfolds.

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