American Roulette

'We are living in a state of moral truce, armed to the teeth with ideas.’

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'Therapeutic,' 'Suicide'

Browne appears at No. 70 in the Oxford English Dictionary’s list of top cited sources. He has 803 entries in the OED, quoted in 3636 entries and is given as the first source for more than 100 English words. Examples of his coinages, many of which are of a scientific or medical nature include ‘ambidextrous’, ‘analogous’, ‘approximate, ‘ascetic’, ‘anomalous’, ‘carnivorous’, ‘coexistence’ ‘coma’, ‘compensate’, ‘computer’, ‘cryptography’, ‘cylindrical’, ‘disruption’, ‘electricity’, ‘exhaustion’, ‘ferocious’, ‘follicle’, ‘generator’, ‘gymnastic’, ‘herbaceous’, ‘insecurity’, ‘indigenous’, ‘jocularity’, ‘literary’, ‘locomotion’, ‘medical’, ‘migrant’, ‘mucous’, ‘prairie’, ‘prostate’, ‘polarity’, ‘precocious’, ‘pubescent’, ‘therapeutic’, ‘suicide’, ‘ulterior’, ‘ultimate’ and ‘veterinarian’.

—Wikipedia, “Thomas Browne

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Rhinestones In The Shape Of A Skull

The site on Thursday was quiet, almost hallowed. The wind rustled the wheat field. A flock of birds flew past, their wings beating the air. A cow mooed in the distance. There were human-shaped impressions in the grass.

Leeza Kovalchuk, 12, in pink shorts, a black sleeveless T-shirt with rhinestones in the shape of a skull and carrying a white purse, ambled around the site with a friend. They walked from the swath of singed earth by the fuselage toward grassier areas.

“I saw something with blood on it here,” she told her friend, pointing to a pile of plane parts. They walked farther. “That’s where Grandma found the little girl,” she said.

—Sabrina Tavernise & Thomas Erdbrink, The New York Times,Ukraine Disaster in Search of an Investigation

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Cf. Georgia O’Keeffe

The blind leafy boughs of gardens stand in spring-like plenitude in the broad, unexpectedly frosty night as if they were bursting breasts and udders of death; the air is full of the smells of roses, olive trees, and elders: these summery fragrances are odd in the icy cold, much the same as prepared smells under glass — summer & winter simultaneously. How stiffly, and yet with a humility undulating from inside, flowers stand there: gamo- and polypetalous, sheer crystal, symbol, each one bloody form. Is that Eros? When will the ultimate connection of sex & flora become clear?

Miklós Szentkuthy, Towards the One & Only Metaphor

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The College Admitted Its Mistake

The panel had to answer several basic questions: Did Anna give consent, was she capable of giving consent, and did the senior player violate the no-contact order either directly or through his friends? The standard of proof, mandated under federal guidelines, was preponderance of evidence — was it more likely than not that the students had sexually assaulted Anna?

Several hours after the last witness, the panel announced its decision clearing all three athletes on all counts.

The next day, the panel chairwoman sent Anna written confirmation of the decision, informing her that if she wished to appeal, she could find directions on Page 13 of the sexual-misconduct policy.

But Page 13 said nothing about appeals. Instead, it contained a section titled “False Allegations.” The college admitted its mistake, Anna’s mother said.

—Walt Bogdanich, The New York Times, “Reporting Rape, and Wishing She Hadn’t