The Atlantic - September 2015
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SEPTEMBER 2015 ISSUE
How the new political correctness is ruining education, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s letter to his son, stopping murder in New Orleans, the GOP rewrites the Iraq War, bracing for the future in Havana, the elitist allure of Joan Didion, and more
The Coddling of the American Mind
In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.
praise of his The Allegory of Love. “It has never before happened to me to be admiring an author of a book while he at the same time was admiring me.” (Not a bad example of the loopy Williams prose style, that.) The serendipity, the crossbeams of appreciation, the ardent encounter at the aesthetic, soon to be spiritual, level—a very Inklings moment. And so it began, and so it went on, with additions and diminutions, until the late ’40s. Reading aloud and commenting upon unfnished work was the
German regime to feeling a confused, pitying identifcation with it, in PURITY JONATHAN FRANZEN FSG a sort of necrosis of the conscience. Not long after the Berlin Wall falls, he visits the secret police’s headquarters with the aim of stealing evidence about himself, and he gets past the archive’s guards by holding forth to a television crew about the dawn of a new era of transparency. By the time Pip meets Andreas, the falsity of the face he shows the world has become almost perfect. Secretly,
round. He is also pathologically gregarious, a retail politician of almost Bill Clinton–level dexterity, and began speaking in a preacher’s cadence. “My name is Mitch Landrieu,” he began. “I’m the mayor. We and he has a Clinton-like need to be heard, and to be liked. He is also prolix and self-winding: once he becomes fxed on a sub- asked all of you to come today because we want to talk to you. We came here with a clear and simple message. The killing on ject, the words come in torrents. “This is
lost or taken from you very easily. I know now that what you call being a man is not necessarily being a man.” “What does that mean, to be a man?” Dennis Hugle answered: “Being a man is doing the one thing you really don’t want to do.” “What made you guys shoot people?,” Landrieu asked. “Are you afraid for your life? Did you feel disrespected? It used to be that you got into a fght, you hoped someone would break it up. But now it’s about shooting, and mostly about shooting them in the head.”
Baldwin Son, Last Sunday the host of a popular news show asked me what it meant to lose my body. The host was broadcasting from Washington, D.C., and I was seated in a remote studio on the Far West Side of Manhattan. A satellite closed TER The author and his son, Samori, in 2001 the miles between us, but no machinery could close the gap between her world and the world for which I had been summoned to speak. When the host asked me about my body, her face faded from the screen, and was replaced