"He instinctively can find the shining greatness of our American culture and does a good job of highlighting it (although he also does have those rare lapses when he writes about hockey, but that is something caused by impurities in the Eastern waters or something)." Erik Keilholtz
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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
The writer is trying to be snarky, I think. Perhaps it takes a New York Times critic with a Harvard PhD and Manhattan literati bona fides to affect a worldview of such cynical detachment.
The critic praises the program for exhibiting "a minimum of politics, probably because it appears to have been made in England, where the acknowledgement that humans in the womb are complex, dreaming, pain-experiencing, memory-having, walk-practicing, music-enjoying entities does not instantly put you in the same camp as doctor assassins and purveyors of 'The Silent Scream.'"
Does this observation on the state of affairs here pain her at all? Having so described the complexity of life before birth, is she fine with just quipping about sonograms as the propaganda of right-to-life cranks?
At any rate, she could have used an editor on that piece. Did it occur to anyone on the NYT copy desk to raise a red flag? They could use Dawn Eden. #