Two words have vexed Erica Jong for the last 42 years. The first is “zipless,” and the word that follows is not printable in this newspaper. The two-word phrase, immortalized in her 1973 best-selling novel, “Fear of Flying,” which has sold more than 27 million copies, entered the cultural lexicon as a shorthand for casual, consequence-free sex. It turned Ms. Jong into a feminist heroine of sorts and avatar of female sexual liberation, and helped propel and define her career. It was also meant to be satirical, Ms. Jong said, but was misconstrued as an endorsement of unbridled lust. “People so misinterpreted ‘zipless,’ ” Ms. Jong, 73, said during an interview at her Upper East Side apartment. “I say in ‘Fear of Flying’ that it’s a Platonic ideal and a fantasy, and I have never had one, but people seem to overlook that.” Now, decades later, she has exhumed and rebranded the phrase in her new novel, “ Fear of Dying ,” which is being billed as the “spiritual” sequel to … [Read more...] about Erica Jong’s ‘Fear of Dying’ Defies the Sunset of Sex
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0 Business Unfortunately, it's still making people sick. Pro Publica , News Partner Posted Reply By Bernice Yeung, Michael Grabell, Irena Hwang and Mollie Simon, ProPublica Oct. 29, 2021 In May 2018, a rare and virulent strain of salmonella caught the attention of America's top disease detectives. In less than two months, the bacteria had sickened more than a dozen people, nearly all of them on the East Coast. Many said they'd eaten chicken, and federal food safety inspectors found the strain in chicken breasts, sausages and wings during routine sampling at poultry plants. But what seemed like a straightforward outbreak soon took a mystifying turn. Cases surfaced as far away as Texas and Missouri. A 1-year-old boy from Illinois and a 105-year-old woman from West Virginia fell ill. There was a teenager who'd just returned from a service trip in the Dominican Republic and a woman who'd traveled to Nicaragua. But there … [Read more...] about America’s Food Safety System Failed To Stop A Salmonella Epidemic
3 Elliot Kaye had been hanging out with his new kidney at the ballpark a couple of days a week for years. He was alongside it at games and on weekends. They even went to Havana together. He'd been looking everywhere else for the thing that would save his life. When he got on a nationwide transplant list and was ready for the kidney to be hundreds of miles away, inside a total stranger, 52-year-old Kaye never imagined that he had been right there, next to his perfect match for years. And Eric Saul, the owner of that kidney until last Thursday, had no idea that the father and son who were so obsessed with fluids during all those practices and games, who ran to the bathroom a whole lot more than everyone else around them, were managing their water intake because they both have polycystic kidney disease. "When I got to the hospital for tests, I asked, 'Is it for Noah or Elliot?,' " said Saul, 42, Noah's private baseball coach, who volunteered as soon … [Read more...] about He thought getting a new kidney in the pandemic would be impossible. His son’s coach stepped up.
Robin Soderling was at the peak of his prowess when the walls started crumbling. In 2009, when Soderling was just 24, he stunned the four-time defending champion Rafael Nadal en route to the final of the French Open. Soderling reached the final again in 2010, losing to Nadal. By the end of the season, Soderling was ranked No. 4 in the world. Eight months later, he played his final match on the ATP Tour. “I always felt like I was under pressure,” Soderling, now 37, said on a video call from his home near Stockholm. “The better I became, the worse it got. Basically, every match I played I was the favorite. When I won, it was more of a relief than happy. When I lost, it was a disaster. Losing a tennis match made me feel like a terrible person.” Expectations were high as soon as he had success as a junior. But by the time he was 26, Soderling was done, having experienced anxiety and panic attacks as well as debilitating mononucleosis. “My entire immune system … [Read more...] about The Mental Health of Tennis Players Is No Longer in the Shadows