Thank you for the catch, I wrote this piece in a crazy hurry (and keep editing it!) and am grateful every time someone sends me a correction. Considering I also wrote this piece: I can honestly say that not a day goes by that I don’t think about Sandy Hook. And I certainly didn’t mean to imply that these are the same situations AT ALL. Mostly I was attempting to make the point (perhaps poorly) that according to the Internet, the path from every tragedy seems to lead directly back to the mother. Sometimes correctly, sometimes without any justification whatsoever. Mothers are our default “reason” for almost everything that can go wrong. It’s often worth digging a bit (or a lot) deeper than that. But point taken, I may revise that section to clarify.

Written by

AMATEUR HOUR (2018) and BUT YOU SEEMED SO HAPPY (2021) | The New York Times, The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, The Cut |

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store