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Centrism is full of political and civic virtues, including its resistance to extreme partisanship and its promise of a less vicious and perpetual shift. But there is also a literary virtue in Ryan Cooper’s description, in The Week, of a certain vague and evasive type of it, which he locates in Kyrsten Sinema: a political tomb without light where no truth is is said and where nothing ever happens. (Colleen Kelly, Manhattan)

Sports writers have more fun – at least it seems to me when I read their best work, like Adam Kilgore’s description in The Washington Post, of what it’s like for an opposing team (in this case the San Francisco 49ers) to know that the extraordinary Green Bay Packers quarterback is ready and waiting to get his hands on the football once more before time runs out: “Aaron Rodgers stood by the on the other side, and from the Niners’ point of view, he might as well have been sitting on a pale horse. (Carson Carlisle, Sonoma, CA)

Speaking of sports writers, the Times recently asked a group of them to write 900 words each on the topic of freedom, which led to the beautiful and wise thought of Phil Taylor on a trip. at the playground with his 2.5 year old grandson Rafa: “Rafa climbs the ladder to the top of the slide while I’m just below, following him like an infielder under a pop fly . (Alan Stamm, Birmingham, Michigan)

Antigone Davis, Facebook’s global head of security, testified before Congress earlier this month, and in The Times, Kevin Roose evaluated the occasion this way: “A lot of the questions put to Ms. Davis were hostile, but as with most Big Tech. hearings, there was a strange sort of deference in the air, as if lawmakers were asking: Hey, Godzilla, could you please stop trampling on Tokyo? ” (Conrad Macina, Landing, NJ, and Julie Noble, Austin, Texas)

Also in The Times, Ellen Barry reported on the distinctive and proudly native sound of one of the mayoral candidates in central Massachusetts’ most populous city: “Boston is a city that cherishes its accent – one that ignores the Rs in some places. , insert them into others. , and prolongs its sounds A as if he was opening his mouth for a dentist. (Richard Rubin, Lynchburg, Virginia)

Finally, I could choose any number of sentences that Sam Anderson wrote in her stunning profile of Laurie Anderson in The Times, but instead I’ll be featuring words that she once wrote – and that he underlined – to On the death of her husband, Lou Reed, in 2013: “I have never seen an expression as amazed as Lou’s when he died. His hands made the shape of tai chi flowing out of the water. His eyes were wide open. I held the person I loved most in the world in my arms and spoke to him as he died. His heart stopped. He wasn’t afraid. I had been able to walk with him to the ends of the earth. Life – so beautiful, painful and dazzling – doesn’t get better than this. And the dead ? I believe that the purpose of death is the liberation of love. (Lee Ann Summers, Westfield, New Jersey)