'Good Wife': Extra-Marital Kisses, Marital Relations

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On this week's episode of The Good Wife Alicia and Peter finally get it on, after weeks of discreet apartment-sharing. But not before Alicia and Will, in a contrived and unconvincing moment of shared despondency about a case gone wrong, have a moment of tenderness—they kiss—followed by Alicia's abrupt departure for home. Lest we imagine this embrace to be no more than a product of tiredness and momentary vulnerability, Alicia and Will remind each other of the old days, in law school, when they were apparently an item. As Will forlornly notes, with his typical hangdog mien, "the timing wasn't right."

All of this, and Peter's new enthusiasm for pastoral guidance from a poised black minister—who might, all parties agree, improve Peter's political standing with black voters—leaves Alicia in a pensive and not very amatory mood, much to Peter's dismay.

On the legal front, Alicia helps her team protect a client, a pregnant woman who needs an expensive and rarely-performed surgery to save her child in utero, and whose medical insurance carrier refuses to cover her expenses on grounds that the procedure is experimental and unnecessary.

Will obtains, improperly, information that might embarrass the insurance company, and the bad guys fold their tents. The surgery is performed, the infant survives, even thrives, and the insurance company absorbs the costs, losing only the sympathy of its stockholders.
,br> On the home front, Alicia firmly closes her bedroom door, leaving Peter understandably perplexed. Is she rethinking her marriage? Reconsidering the ever-hopeful—but between you and me, pretty snarky—Will? Just in a funk? Maybe we'll find out next week.

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C. Michael Curtis has been an editor at The Atlantic since 1963. Under his direction, the magazine has won numerous fiction prizes, including the National Magazine Award for fiction. More

C. Michael Curtis"Writers crave the intelligence and ardor of this magazine's editors and readership as well as the privilege of inclusion in its pages," says best-selling author Louise Erdrich, who, like so many young fiction writers, was introduced to national readership and subsequent success in The Atlantic Monthly.

Under the direction of senior editor C. Michael Curtis, The Atlantic Monthly's fiction has been nominated for a National Magazine Award virtually every year; in 1988 The Atlantic won this prestigious prize. Year after year short stories from the magazine are chosen for inclusion in the important annual prize collections. Curtis himself was the editor of American Stories: Fiction From The Atlantic Monthly, which was published in 1990. A second volume came out the following year, and 1992 saw the publication of Contemporary New England Stories. A companion volume, Contemporary West Coast Stories, was published in the fall of 1993. A fifth collection, entitled God: Stories, was published in December, 1998, by Houghton Mifflin, and a companion anthology, Faith: Stories, was published in 2003, also by Houghton Mifflin. His own essays, articles, reviews, and poems have been published in The Atlantic, The New Republic, National Review, and Sport, among other periodicals. Curtis is also renowned for his teaching: he has taught creative writing, ethics, grammar, and other subjects for more than thirty years at Harvard, MIT, Cornell, Tufts, Boston University, Bennington, and elsewhere, and now teaches writing at Wofford College, in Spartanburg, SC, where he occupies the John C. Cobb Chair in the Humanities.

Curtis earned a B.A. in English from Cornell in 1956. He came to The Atlantic in 1963 after four years of study toward a Ph.D. in government, also at Cornell. Previously he had worked as a reporter for The Ithaca Journal, and as an editorial assistant at Newsweek. While he was a graduate student, The Atlantic Monthly published three of his poems and employed him briefly as a summer reader.

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