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The most striking thing I read this week was a profile, of sorts, of Lorena Bobbitt. I say “of sorts” because it both is and is not trying to do the things we usually associated with profiles. In it, Amy Chozick employs many of the tropes of the traditional profile (looks, mannerisms, habits, family arrangements) but every aspect is placed in contrast, implicitly and explicitly, with what we’d internalized for decades about her subject. See, for example, the passage below:

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