A Boy's Life

It occurs to me that in this campaign season, some of my readers may be spending so much time leaping from Atlantic blog to Atlantic blog ("these are the saddest of possible words: McArdle to Douthat to Coates ...") that they're neglecting the (snazzily redesigned) magazine that's responsible for the existence of all these blogs in the first place. If you're one of those people, I recommend taking a couple hours off from the Presidential race this afternoon to dig into Hanna Rosin's phenomenal piece on Brandon/Bridget Simms and the debate over sex changes for children. I don't have any gloss on the story, except to say that it's magazine journalism at it's finest - it's always fascinating, often deeply sad, sometimes infuriating, and you should definitely read the whole thing.

Ross Douthat is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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