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Times Watch Quotes of Note: Radical Chic

The Times relaunches its Sunday magazine with a hagiographic profile of terrorist helper Lori Berenson in Peru. Plus Paul Krugman's persecution fantasies of Wisconsin, and why we won't miss retiring columnist Frank Rich. And "Is Wisconsin the Tunisia of collective bargaining rights?"
Radical Chic: Times Relaunches Mag With Hagiography of Terrorist Helper

"Such an outpouring of rage at a 40-year-old woman, mother to a toddler, who was convicted in her mid-20s of abetting a terrorist plot that never took place, is a measure of the degree to which Peruvians are still traumatized by the violence that convulsed their country during the years when the Shining Path warred with the military and nearly 70,000 Peruvians were killed....The M.R.T.A. was a much smaller insurgent group than the dominant Shining Path, and historically less violent...." - From novelist Jennifer Egan's sympathetic March 6 Sunday magazine cover profile of Lori Berenson, middle-class Manhattanite turned terror collaborator, paroled after being sentenced to life in prison in Peru in 1996 for housing Marxist terrorists of the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (M.R.T.A.).

"The New York Times Magazine is based on long-form narrative journalism, and this week's cover article, by Jennifer Egan, is a prime example. It is about Lori Berenson, a New Yorker who moved to Latin America as a young adult, got mixed up in revolutionary politics in Peru and was promptly thrown in prison, where she spent the next 15 years before being paroled last year. Egan traveled to Lima, where Berenson must remain until 2015, and tells the story of a wounded but resilient woman struggling to sort out a place for herself in the world. It is in every way a classic Times Magazine story." - From New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Hugo Lindgren "Editor's Letter" in the March 6 edition.


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"The images from Wisconsin - with its protests, shutdown of some public services and missing Democratic senators, who fled the state to block a vote - evoked the Middle East more than the Midwest. The parallels raise the inevitable question: Is Wisconsin the Tunisia of collective bargaining rights?" - Michael Cooper and Katharine Seelye, February 19.


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