'The Good Wife': Stormy Weather Ahead

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Mainly good news on The Good Wife this week, for a change. Peter Florrick is released from jail, and from further prosecution, the result of an odd stalemate involving incriminating evidence against Childs, Peter's nemesis, who agrees to end litigation rather than risk exposure. Childs, however, hires the embittered and self-pitying Cary for the stated purpose of making life difficult for both Florricks. Stormy weather ahead.

Alicia's first case, now that she's solid with the firm, is to defend a familiar character, a wealthy, flamboyant, and probably psychotic lawyer whom Alicia's firm had earlier helped escape a murder conviction, though not without hints that he may have been guilty. This time he has killed a young woman in the middle of a sex game gone wrong. And while his self defense plea, and the checkered past of his victim, help him avoid a likely 45-year prison term, he will have to serve eight years, long enough for Alicia to survive countless ups and downs before this killer can manage to maneuver himself out of prison and ask Alicia, once again, to extricate him from still another murderous rampage.

In this week's final scene, Peter is celebrating his release and the resumption of his political career (we are spared the obligatory discussion of where—and with whom—he will now be sleeping), and asks Alicia to chat up a couple of union bigwigs who are said to be looking for a lawyer. Alicia is polite, but diffident, and one can see that major career and domestic choices lie ahead, as well as a boss who still shamelessly yearns to pick up the threads of their long-abandoned law school romance.

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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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