Comments: Week of October 11, 2021


“I Should Have Quit Way Before Tokyo,” September 27–October 10

Photo: New York Magazine

In New York’s latest cover story, Simone Biles told Camonghne Felix, “I Should Have Quit Way Before Tokyo.” Insider’s Sophie Kleeman called the story “a beautifully considered examination of trauma and grief: how it functions like a crack that splinters out and touches everything else, and how it’s really about figuring out how to live alongside it, rather than moving on from it.” “There is strength in vulnerability,” Jennifer Siebel Newsom, California’s First Partner, wrote. “Thank you @SimoneBiles for choosing yourself and being such an amazing example for all of us.” And Lindsey Boylan, a former aide to Andrew Cuomo who accused the ex-governor of sexual harassment, wrote, “Walking away is a revolutionary act of self acceptance and love. I am so appreciative of Simone Biles for sharing this and [Felix] for truly listening, understanding the significance, and getting the story out there.” Sports nutritionist Jennifer Sygo said the report “speaks volumes to the complex interaction between the mind (trauma, stress, expectation, anxiety) and body, especially one that’s expected to perform on demand.” On Twitter, @helen_it cautioned, “Somewhere in this story should be a nod to the many people who’ve experienced trauma who find it difficult to work because of it, who don’t have the luxury of being able to walk away. Biles is fortunate to have that choice.”


“How Miami Seduced Silicon Valley,” September 27–October 10

Photo: New York Magazine

Benjamin Wallace reported on how a huge portion of the tech industry’s migrated to Miami. “New York Magazine profiles Miami as a boomtown for predatory tech investors who create and produce nothing, and for whom the world will cheer when they are inevitably eaten by barracudas,” @MitchWagner wrote. “Finally a reason to look forward to rising sea levels!” commented noyouare. But BackboneAI CEO Rob Bailey tweeted, “I love NYC and here for the long term, but not going to lie. Miami is looking pretty awesome right now. Tons of people I know are moving there. Biggest reason: Taxes.” Miami mayor Francis Suarez tweeted, “After a year of nonstop action, I want to thank New York for helping us tell the Miami story—taking a deep dive into our efforts to be the most cutting edge city on the planet!” On Instagram, @kristiawatkins wrote, “Suarez is doing nothing to actually make Miami a more livable city, and instead making it harder for Miami residents … and underserved communities to get by.” And Soona CEO Liz Giorgi asked, “Miami sounds like a tech bro playground and what rational person wants that for their family?”


“After Tony,” September 27–October 10

David Chase spoke with Matt Zoller Seitz about returning to the world of The Sopranos. TV producer Mike Avila called it a “fantastic piece on a fascinating creator.” Houston Public Media’s Paul DeBenedetto added, “Everything by [Seitz] is good but you should simply never miss any of his stories about The Sopranos or David Chase. This is great writing about the work and the man.” @bestmanofonline tweeted that the article “gets to the heart of why Chase is one of my favorite creatives. Loved that he’d read the gender essays on The Sopranos and the Ted Lasso piece of the convo made me lol.” @scarylawyerguy added, “I watched some old Sopranos this weekend (HBO was re-airing it) and had forgotten how cynical, violent, misogynistic, racist, and bleak it is. Its place in the pantheon of pop culture is assured b/c it reflects who Americans are.”


“Recalculating Risk,” September 27–October 10

David Wallace-Wells explored how, in covid’s Delta phase, age matters as much as vaccine status. National Post columnist Chris Selley called it “essential reading.” @Insect_Song wrote, “I thought I understood age skew, but many data points here showing even more extreme than I realised! Share this with people who insist on vaxxed kids before re-opening: the kids are fine.” Toronto Today host Greg Brady agreed: “All parents, period, should read this. And then breathe. And don’t stop the breathing thing. Good gracious.” @toddenders noted, “Good article, and the age skew is huge—but the risk surrounding unvaccinated kids is not on the kids, but on those they interact with (vaxxed or not). Kids are vectors, and the risk of them being unvaccinated falls not on them, but on the adults they interact with.” Still, @StandardBG wrote, “there is pretty clear evidence that we are behaving wildly wrong in regards to children and risk, yet the CDC makes no adjustment. Really inconsistent and infuriating.”

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Comments: Week of October 11, 2021