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Sally Quinn Can Put Curses on People, According to Sally Quinn

I'm probably risking the wrath of the Warlock Guild for telling you this, but the truth must come out: Washington Post columnist and When Harry Met Sally muse Sally Quinn has the ability to put magical hexes on people, and has done so in the past. Or so she claims!

At a New York panel Monday on spirituality earlier this week, Quinn recalled how she used her psychic powers in the world of southern magic (emphasis added):

What we really believed in and practiced was voodoo, psychic phenomenon, Scottish mysticism, palm reading, astrology, seances, and ghosts. And I have many, many stories about those, real stories. And that—those things were my true religion, aside from dances. Aunt Ruth was psychic, my aunt Maggie was psychic, and I'm psychic. We actually put hexes on people and they really worked. It was actually really scary and I finally stopped when my brother who has a PhD in religion from the University of Chicago and is a theosophist and a practicing Buddhist told me I had to cut it out because it would come back at me three times. Anything that I did later that was troublesome I kept thinking, I brought this on myself, I should never have put a hex on her.

First, a reminder that Quinn is a columnist for a major American newspaper. Second, huh?

Don't count on Quinn for an explanation, though. At least not yet. "I'm saving it all for my book!" she writes in an email. "But be careful what you write anyway......"

Of course! Who wants to be turned into a frog?

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  • Rik O.

    Sally Quinn is just plain weird.

  • chris9059

    "I finally stopped when my brother who has a PhD in religion from the University of Chicago and is a theosophist and a practicing Buddhist told me I had to cut it out because it would come back at me three times. "

    Sounds like her brother should be teaching in Chicago's faith based business school.

  • Denis

    It's true! Didn't she put a hex on the first Mrs. Bradlee? (Maybe she didn't refer to it as a "hex" at the time, but still . . . .)

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  • Manny

    Is this ditz for real?

  • http://anziulewicz.livejournal.com Chuck Anziulewicz

    DEAR SALLY QUINN:

    Shame on you for implying that those of us who have given up our childhood superstitions are somehow less patriotic or less "American" than good Christians like yourself.

    Frankly it makes me nervous when people like Mitt Romney invoke "God" and "The Creator" in framing his vision for America. It is not the government's job to enforce the Bible or the Book of Mormon; it is the government's job to uphold the CONSTITUTION without preference for any particular religion or lack thereof.

    And if I WAS a Christian, I would still wonder why GOD, in His wisdom and omnipotence, could not be just a bit more media-savvy in this day and age. I mean, we’re talking about the same God that allegedly created the Universe (just 6,000 years ago, according to some people), flooded the entire Earth, parted the Red Sea, and whose Earthbound avatar came back to life after having assumed room temperature for the better part of a weekend. Why does He insist on taking such a hands-off approach? We have one Book which has been translated and re-translated, interpreted and re-interpreted, until hardly anyone can agree on what it means. We have dozens of Christian denominations, each with its own unique take on what God expects of us. Wouldn’t God be a little more effective in getting us to behave decently toward one another if He would just put together a website or a television channel or at the very least a 1-800 number? There is a wide variety of contemporary social and economic issues I sure would like to get His opinion on.

  • No Fan

    I wonder if she hexed Ben Bradlee into marrying her? What else could possibly explain it?

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