Dispatch December 2009

The Most-Read Articles of 2009

5.    “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” by Sandra Tsing Loh (July/August 2009)
It’s not every day that an Atlantic writer announces her own divorce in the first sentence of an article. Sandra Tsing Loh’s essay sparked national discussion, much of it reproachful: an L.A. Times columnist expressed “dismay” at Loh’s piece and a writer for Double X criticized The Atlantic for giving Loh space to justify her behavior. But all of these criticisms opened into larger debates about monogamy, children, passion, and the state of the American marriage. As Amy Befner wrote of Loh at Salon.com, “She’s never been one to show us the ideal, just what’s real.”

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