Even Freaky Freddy Otash, rifling through her belongings, sniffs her sheets with only perfunctory enthusiasm.
I was disappointed in the piece on Ross Douthat, but maybe unfairly so - I've got to believe that there are more (fairly) liberal people just like me who read the NYT and have learned through repeated experience to avoid anything Ross writes. Honestly, I'd rather read David French, and that's saying something. Chotiner seemed to take it on faith that there is an overwhelming liberal audience out there that perceives Douthat as a credible voice on the right. I'm not sure that's accurate. Rant over, for now.
Not quite ready to recycle this issue without a mention of the luminous illustration by Riccardo Vecchio for the short story.
This is the rare issue where I really want to read everything. Between DiCamillo, Helen Lewis and Ross Douthat (not sure how much it comes up in the piece but probably some) this could be the “Difficult Parents” issue. Cool to have a James Ellroy review too, I used to really like his stuff but I think I’ve outgrown it (and/or he became a bit of a prisoner of his own style, and as much as he knows his protagonists are evil, he also likes them and sympathizes with their views a wee bit too much).