A feature in the November 17th New York Times, "Does My Virginity Have a Shelf Life?" by a free lance writer named Amanda MC Cracken is a case in point. McCrackin details why and how she's held onto her virginity. The 35-year-old virgin, has nevertheless had all manner of intimate encounters with men (short of penetration). Her self-gossip piece, which I suppose you could call a case of self-gossip includes memories of one of two men for whom she came close to taking her virginity "off the shelf." The man in the case was a soldier with whom she had an epistolary romance. She met him once and they ""continued to meet and fell in love, but a series of long deployments over a couple of years kept us from having sex." She further explains it with this simile.
Distance and time, like moths in an unworn sweater, wore holes in the relationship, until it unraveled.
Mr. Epstein would also cite the paper of record's giving space to a more gossipy than newsworthy item as another example of how much even the most highly reputed newpapers have tripped into the footsteps of the gutter press.