There is a tradition in America of expanding a problem further down the spectrum, a name for which is "problem inflation." One way this is done is to link any signs that people have an incipient problem with the cases of people who suffer the worst forms of that problem.
To participate in the "Slow Read" movement, says Kelly, one should follow a few simple guidelines: "Read books. As often as you can. Mostly classics." These guidelines mimic Michael Pollan's from The Omnivore's Dilemma: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."
When The Atlantic's article "The End of Men" came out, I was irritated. They're at it again in a piece that crows about "The Spectacular Triumph of Working Women Around the Globe" -- a title that becomes mystifying as soon as you read the article.
Spanning more than 30 years, from the 1970s through the present, and featuring manuscripts, correspondence, professional files and teaching material the archive covers the breadth of T.C. Boyle's prolific career.
When we're told that we can have it all, that everything is on the table, why would we ever commit to anything? Even if we know we love the thing to which we're committing, we can't help but wonder about all the things we didn't choose.
Caitlin Flanagan goes there -- the third rail of women talking about other women -- the kind of stuff we lower our voices to share -- she goes after Joan Didion's portrayal of herself as a mother. With all due respect.