The Nation, 4 May 2009

nation-4-may-2009Never let it be said that The Nation‘s editors don’t have a sense of humor.  They assigned Michelle Orange to review a new collection of letters by Graham Greene.  It reminds me of an idea I had once of assembling a panel consisting of classical scholars Peter Green, Peter White, and Peter Brown

Katha Pollitt asks why women stay with abusive men, and finds that in many cases it’s because they feel sorry for their abusers.

In the online edition, Dave Zirin complains that too much of the publicity that the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team has received for its awe-inspiring season and national championship has focused on its male head coach.   

Also in the online edition, an army officer outlines military options for responding to piracy.  I don’t care much about piracy, but this little piece is a handy primer on some of the most basic terms of military science.

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3 Comments

  1. cymast

     /  April 17, 2009

    I had to read the Orange and Greene thing several time to get it. I wouldn’t have thought it was deliberate.

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    “Why women stay with abusive men”- I suspect if you stop focusing on gender and instead put the focus where it should be- on the abusers- the solutions will be more accessible.

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    How about we start designing merchant marine ships with high-powered water hoses built into the hulls of the ships? Space them every few feet or so and turn them all on with the flip of a switch. The water would be continuously drawn from the ocean. In the meantime we need to figure out WHY places like Somolia have developed a culture which encourages and supports piracy, and then eliminate those causes.

  2. acilius

     /  April 17, 2009

    “I suspect if you stop focusing on gender and instead put the focus where it should be- on the abusers- the solutions will be more accessible.” Oh, Pollitt says exactly that. That’s the biggest part of her column.

  3. cymast

     /  April 17, 2009

    Yeah, I read her article, what is it they say about “great minds”?

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