The Corner

Is Dr. Strange, Well You Know?

I was heartened by how many readers were psyched to see a reference to the Marvel comic book character Dr. Strange in yesterday’s column. But I feel I must now broach a very sensitive topic. I mean, of course, is Dr. Strange gay?

Let’s review some facts. He’s a remarkably thin and extremely neat older bachelor who claims when asked to have never married because a woman broke his heart years ago. He’s an upscale urban professional who lives alone except for his young Asian manservant and “business partner” “Wong.” He and Wong are devoted to yoga and alternative medicine. His brownstone is immaculately decorated with the finest antiques. He is extremely well-kempt with an at times bushy but usually thin mustache. He wears very bright, flashy clothes made from imported silk and other natural fibers including an actual red silk and gold lamé cape and what appear to be skin-tight blue satin pants. His jewelry is ostentatious and right beneath his chin he wears a flashy one-eyed amulet. And, by the way, his name is a synonym for “Dr. Queer.”

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor of National Review and the author of Suicide of the West, holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute.

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