My son is a freshman at a fine boy’s high school run by the Jesuits with a strong tradition of service and athletics. He plays football, basketball, and tennis. He loves his school and, over time, I’ve grown to love it too. But last week something happened which shook me up.
Archive for April, 2011
Why do we tolerate — and, in many cases, celebrate — when celebrity women cheat on their husbands. Think about it: When was the last time a woman got dragged through the mud for cheating?
For some time, Esquire-tag line: “Man at His Best”-has featured a section called “Women We Love.” I went online to see some of the women “men at their best” are in love with.
The eight all-time (stretching back to 2002) most loved women are Kate Beckinsale, Megan Fox, Katy Perry, Christina Hendricks, Anna Torv, Angelina Jolie, Beau Garrett, and Monica Bellucci. In the thumbnail preview shots, two of the women appear to be putting at least one finger in their mouths, one is lying in bed seductively, one is wearing a wet T-shirt, and one has her lips parted suggestively. Only Angelina’s image suggests some kind of self-respect.
Cambridge rower Michelle Guerette hopes to become the first American woman to take Olympic gold in her sport’s marquee event. Like Bobby Fischer, the U.S. hockey team, and Rocky before her, there’s just one thing standing in her way: a dominant (some say unbeatable) champion from the former Soviet bloc.
Jeff Larson is back at work, which is saying something. In July 2007, the Boston hedge fund manager lost $1.5 billion in a matter of days, and it seemed he might never sell a security again. Larson’s crucial misstep: He bought corporate bonds on margin, meaning he borrowed a lot of money in an effort to buy even more bonds. But the bonds tanked when the credit market froze last year, and though Larson’s move didn’t wipe out his investors, he did have to close his ﬁrm, Sowood Capital; ﬁre 90 employees; and give up his Back Bay ofﬁces. “A loss of this magnitude is as devastating to us as it is to you,” he said in an apologetic conference call with his clients, which included Harvard University, the Boston Foundation, and the state pension system.