1. In New York’s most recent issue, Kerry Howley examined how Larry Nassar was able to prey on young gymnasts for so many years without being caught (“Everyone Believed Larry Nassar,” November 12–25). The Washington Post’s Monica Hesse wrote, “What struck me during Larry Nassar’s trial was how gingerly and vaguely media discussed the actual abuse he levied on hundreds of gymnasts. This article doesn’t let the pain of girls’ bodies be vague, or gross, or unmentionable. It bears witness to it all.” Georgetown Law’s Lindsey Barrett saw parallels with her own experience as a young dancer: “As a former (frequently injured) ballet dancer, reading Howley’s article felt like a punch to the gut. Ballet is similar in a number of ways to gymnastics — it’s intensely physical from a young age, injuries are ubiquitous, and the long odds of success are contingent on mitigating them. Faith in kingmakers, and the … [Read more...] about Comments: Week of November 26, 2018
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Firefighters arrived to find smoke billowing from a second-floor unit in the back of the building, the fire authority said. They entered through the front door and found flames coming from a storage room in the building. … [Read more...] about Daly City apartment fire displaces 15 residents
Most of the gay priests I spoke with have never experienced abuse in the church. Many had already come to terms with their sexual orientation before they entered the priesthood, but some wrestled with it in the seminary, and others later in life. “There is no typical experience,” Father Joe, as I’ll call him, told me. “At first I wondered if I were a fraud, because I thought, Well, am I just trying to escape into a life in which I don’t have to deal with my sexuality? But I had people in charge of me who challenged me to ask myself if this were authentic, and I felt that this was the life and work that God was calling me to. It’s an ongoing discernment.” Then there was a moment of grace. “I was working in a hospital at the height of the AIDS crisis. A nun said to me, ‘What do you want to tell these people? They’re active homosexuals, drug users.’ I said, ‘I would talk about God’s mercy and be with them as … [Read more...] about The Gay Church
2. Andrew Rice traced David Boies’s descent from renowned liberal lion to Harvey Weinstein’s hatchet man (“The Bad, Good Lawyer,” October 1–14). Mike Vorkunov tweeted, “This … story on David Boies is so, so good. It’s not just about the late-life bout of amorality from a famed liberal lawyer.affirmatively unethical to assist a client in actions the lawyer knows are criminal or fraudulent. If Boies knowingly assisted Weinstein in this effort, he has violated his most basic ethical duty as a lawyer. Past legal contributions — like Bush v. Gore and same-sex marriage — notwithstanding, Boies’s conduct here seems only to be explainable by blind loyalty or sheer greed.” To his colleague Richard L. Abel, a professor emeritus at UCLA School of Law, this looked like more of a gray area: “David Boies may have violated the rules of professional conduct through his actions on behalf of clients, but for good reasons, the … [Read more...] about Comments: Week of October 15, 2018
“We are facing possible extinction. This is very clear to me,” he continues. The situation reminds him of a scary moment from his country’s past: the sneak attack by Israel’s neighbors in the fall of 1973. That ambush and the war that followed should have been anticipated — there were signs and signals of the coming conflict everywhere; the king of Jordan had even shared an urgent warning with Israeli leaders — yet the IDF was caught off guard. At the time of the invasion, Levine’s father was serving in the army as an intelligence officer near the border with Syria. After several weeks of fighting, and the deaths of several dozen soldiers in his unit, he replaced the flag of Israel on the top of Mount Hermon. Even in this tumescent act of victory, Levine’s father had been overcome with dread. “He had this terrible, terrible sense that suddenly the world as he knew it had completely changed,” says Levine. … [Read more...] about Why Is Everybody Freaking Out About Sperm Counts?