Converging the week (April 19, 2013)

Converging the week that was – according to us – into one place.

  • Charles P. Pierce, The Marathon, Grantland
    • “”A policeman came up to us,” Breeden said, “and he said, ‘Now, you have to run that way,’ and pointed back the way we came, so we did.” And that was how their Boston Marathon ended. In reverse.”
  • Amy Davidson, The Saudi Marathon Man, The New Yorker
    • “We don’t know yet who did this. “The range of suspects and motives remains wide open,” Richard Deslauriers of the F.B.I. said early Tuesday evening. In a minute, with a claim of responsibility, our expectations could be scrambled. The bombing could, for all we know, be the work of a Saudi man—or an American or an Icelandic or a person from any nation you can think of. It still won’t mean that this Saudi man can be treated the way he was, or that people who love him might have had to find out that a bomb had hit him when his name popped up on the Web as a suspect in custody. It is at these moments that we need to be most careful, not least.”
  • Dove Real Beauty Sketches, Dove
    • “Women are their own worst beauty critics.”
  • Richard Brody, Review of Terrence Malick’s new film, “To The Wonder”: Filming in Tongues, The New Yorker
    • “Malick seeks an ecstasy—but an illuminated ecstasy, a cinematic Protestantism of visual testimony that nonetheless draws its guiding light from a Catholic source. It’s as if his subjectivity gains a higher, impersonal, transcendent authority—a self-separating, self-sustaining voice over and above that of his own mere person—not from the doctrine of the Catholic Church but from its aesthetic.”
  • Melissa Moschella, To Whom Do Children Belong?, Public Discourse
    • “Children belong first and foremost to their families headed by their parents, who, due to their uniquely intimate relationship with their children, are the ones with the most direct obligation and authority to care for them until they are sufficiently mature to direct their own lives. It is thus not directly but through their families that children belong to the larger political community, and it is also through their parents that the political community exercises paternalistic authority over them (except in cases where the authority of parents is clearly failing to fulfill its function—i.e., cases of abuse and neglect). In other words, children’s relationship to the political community is fundamentally different from that of adults, because it is mediated through their belonging to a family and living under the authority of their parents.”