Back in the car, Abrams takes an audible breath before opening the door and greeting the whooping crowd with a smile. That wordless transition between private and public existence distills one of Abrams’s many contradictions: She is a serious introvert, yet her work requires glad-handing extroversion; she is excruciatingly aware of the electoral challenges that face her as a black woman who grew up what she calls “genteel poor” in rural Mississippi, yet she pushes forward politically with the drive and confidence of a white man; she devours romance novels and soap operas, yet she is also a science-fiction, math, and tax-law geek; she can come off as one of the most relatable politicians out there, yet she is a total egghead who drops million-dollar vocabulary words, once sending me to the dictionary to confirm what panegyric means (I mostly got it through context!). And she is a woman who, having just run in a historic election that many of her fellow Democrats … [Read more...] about Stacey Abrams for ….
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The article, published in The New York Times Magazine four months after the attack, was meant to shame, and it did. A few months later, Pataki earmarked an extra $125 million for the care of the mentally ill. He also signed Kendra’s Law. Officially known by the euphemism Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT), the law establishes a stringent outpatient regimen for those who are mentally ill and have a history of resisting therapy and a record of violent behavior. A treatment plan is imposed by court order and monitored by a case manager or “Assertive Community Team.” A patient who refuses to follow the program can be committed to a hospital for up to 72 hours. More than 16,000 New Yorkers have passed through AOT since the law took effect, and some 3,000 New Yorkers are currently living under AOT court orders. … [Read more...] about A Turbulent Mind
2. Despite how fashionable it has become in some media circles to make fun of it, the Skimm is read by millions of young women every day, and Noreen Malone set out to learn the secrets of the newsletter’s success (“The Skimm Brains,” October 29–November 11). Jodi Kantor of the New York Times tweeted, “Loved this profile of the ladies behind @theskimm, who have faced condescension with perseverance and grace. Today they delivered a primer on the Yemen crisis, and what could finally end it, to seven million subscribers,” while Isabelle Chapman took issue with one element of the story: “How we describe female CEOs matters. And describing their physical appearance in the first paragraph and then comparing them to sorority sisters is Bad.” Alyssa Zeisler, a managing editor at Barron’s who’s studied the media gender gap, wrote, “The Skimm is an innovative product that addresses a mostly untapped market extremely well. But why … [Read more...] about Comments: Week of November 12, 2018
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
By the time she discovered “The Secret Garden,” Pugh already knew the only thing she wanted to do was perform. The first gig she remembers was at age 6, when she played Mary in a school Nativity play. Pugh, following her muse, improvised a Yorkshire accent for the part. The gag got laughs (although not, perhaps, from the headmistress), and she realized that she liked captivating an audience. … [Read more...] about Florence Pugh’s true Hollywood fairy tale