The Atlantic, May 2013
If you’re a political and cultural junkie like me, then you surely know that the media delivers its insights on those phenomena in a multi-repetitive way. This issue of The Atlantic is an example of that, but you can’t really blame them; some harried people want their news pre-digested. In a world of insta-reportage, repeated on the hour, this mag gives us what Time and Newsweek used to.
Do women win elections? Duh. All the time – and they seem to be representing their constituencies better than men.
The emoticons’ uses on the Internet. Really?
Atheist Sam Harris feels a need to own a gun for self protection. In a country rabidly and militantly Christian? You bet.
Martin Amis’ love life and how that intersects with his writing. Yawn.
Using a tuning fork to stir a cocktail? C’mon!
Henry Kissinger is sensitive with regard to his policies? Maybe he is, or maybe he’s just trying to soften his image.
And this month’s biggie: We keep coming up with ways to harvest fossil fuels, thus a neverending supply of ‘em. But they’re hurting our environment. Ever hear of EPA?
Thomas Pierce’s short fiction piece, “The Critics,” about a father’s relationship with his daughter as the daughter slowly morphs into a writer, perhaps of the screenplay persuasion, breaks no real ground subject-wise or structurally, but it’s decent writing and entertaining.
Okay, a lot of this is going to sound overly cynical to you, but I don’t mean it that way. I know cultural and news summaries are valuable to readers, and The Atlantic is doing a service by repeating the “this just in” stuff one more time.
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