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1. Good points made by Simon Grey in a piece about parental overprotectiveness.
2. Robert Pattinson reportedly wrote love songs for Kristen Stewart before she was found to be cheating on him. I was wrong about Pattinson; I pushed back against the idea that he is betamax. I thought maybe he was in an open and adult Hollywood relationship with Stewart and that he was likely unfazed by her cheating on him. But if all you knew about a guy was that he wrote love songs for his girlfriend, you’d make a reasonable guess that she would some day cheat on him or leave him outright. And since this couple is for all intents and purposes contractually obligated to be an item, his betaness and her waywardness would not have an ideal end – in a mutual break-up. Instead, cheating did them in. In other news: I hate myself for writing on this.
3. Op-ed on doctor shortages in an ObamaCare world.
4. We knew this already. But now someone at The Atlantic is pointing out that media outlets like to rehash stories about the increase in strip club and prostitution patronage in and around political conventions. The media does this because it is a sensationalist story, and the template has already been laid. Perfect, easy story.
5. Slate’s Hanna Rosin on an American female gymnast who cried after falling out of medal contention. Rosin doesn’t want crying to be associated with young, little girls (the gymnast is 17). So she’ll just have to wish away the fact that it is most often the case Olympians who cry upon losing tend to fit this particular profile.