'The Good Wife': Condoms in the Drawer, Trouble Ahead?

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This week on The Good Wife: Scriptwriters, determined to ratchet up tension and ambiguity in Alicia's struggling marriage, put condoms in her bedside table, find a pretext for Peter to find them, have Peter ask for an explanation, and have Alicia storm off into the night, full of indignation and unanswered questions.

The legal question for the week is close to unintelligible, but it seems to involve a zealous FBI agent, a union lawyer, a prosperous black drug dealer, a murdered informant, and a prickly judge. Alicia, as always, helps her firm win its case—freeing the union lawyer—but now must deal with a mischievous high school girl making trouble for Peter, more cow eyes from Senior Partner Will, and a coming reorganization of her law firm, which will shortly add a third senior partner.

Alicia is so far beyond reproach, but her saintliness, we are promised, will shortly be tested.

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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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