Beef stroganoff, sexism and a rocket scientist's obituary

  • Article by: Melinda Henneberger , Washington Post
  • Updated: April 3, 2013 - 1:14 PM

In the case of the Internet v. Douglas Martin, a New York Times writer who stands accused of you-gotta-be-kidding sexism for an obituary he wrote a few days ago. The way I read him, he was kidding - yes, in an obituary - but his attempt to be light sailed straight into space.

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pumiceApr. 3, 13 4:12 PM

Best line in this article is Mary McGrory's: "Nuance is overrated; clarity is the thing." Same's true of satire and sarcasm when sharing opinions on-line.

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brotherkennyApr. 3, 13 6:01 PM

Yes, tailor your comments so that the most predisposed or unintelligent person can understand. In fact, live your life with the limitations that the most ignorant and self destructive require. At least, get used to it, because that's what our society requires.

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davewtcApr. 3, 13 7:41 PM

I read that obit and there was nothing but respect and praise in it. Some people make a career out of being offended. But, yes, where in H Is that recipe?!!!

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orpheus90Apr. 4, 13 1:47 AM

Yes, I read the obit the other day and I detected the subtle irony of the beef stroganoff line - and thought it was utterly sweet natured and charming. Nobody reading the obit is going to miss the big picture about the extraordinary achievement of this woman, but the stroganoff line hints at a fuller picture of how she lived her life which, as a mid-twentieth century career woman, included time being a homemaker and raising children.

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brucelieApr. 7, 13 3:38 PM

Bless your heart for sharing.

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