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Great writers, bad readers

Content warning: This article discusses rape and sexual abuse. Over winter break, I picked up JM Coetzee’s “Late Essays” in a San Francisco bookstore. In it I encountered one of two misreadings by authors — male writers I adore — that gently sidestepped what seemed to me to be glaring depictions of sexual assault. Coetzee’s first review…

Editorial Board: Let’s hold faculty to a higher standard on sexual assault

Stanford’s Fundamental Standard states: “Students at Stanford are expected to show both within and without such respect for order, morality, personal honor and the rights of others as is demanded of good citizens.” In the years since 1896, the University has expanded on these basic tenets, adding phrases such as “the rights and dignity of…

Film review: The woke political commitment of Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Elle’

In a year filled with woke-as-hell films (“Moonlight,” “Lemonade,” “Certain Women,” “Sunset Song,” “Cameraperson”), Dutch director Paul Verhoeven and French actress Isabelle Huppert create their own category: “Elle”-as-hell. This brutal watch is overwhelming on the first go-around. Study the title: French for “she,” a fierce woman, in a fierce film that refuses to accommodate itself for its…