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The Books Briefing: The ‘Lurid Metaphors’ of Illness

The Books Briefing: The ‘Lurid Metaphors’ of Illness

This is an edition of the Books Briefing, our editors’ weekly guide to the best in books. Sign up for it here. Sickness, like love and grief, is a universal part of the human condition—but it also feels completely subjective, so much so that conveying the accompanying sensations and emotions can be hard. Doctors sometimes ask patients to rate their pain on a scale of 1 to 10: Are you at a 5 or an 8? My mind always freezes in such moments. How can I know what 5 is if I don’t know what 10 feels like? In Meghan O’Rourke’s much acclaimed 2022 book, The Invisible Kingdom, she combined her own medical experiences and copious research to try to understand chronic illnesses, a category of sickness that often evades medicine’s established definitions and classifications. These conditions can be capricious and are too frequently overlooked; patients constantly need to assert and prove themselves to a disbelieving world. It made perfect sense, then, for O’Rourke to write for The Atlantic’s June issue about a new cultural …

Lurid new allegations surface in WWE boss Vince McMahon’s sex abuse case

Lurid new allegations surface in WWE boss Vince McMahon’s sex abuse case

The Wall Street Journal has broken the story of a second stage of the sexual abuse/hush money scandal of Vince McMahon, the 78-year-old chief of WWE and its predecessor entities for the last 42 years. In 2022 McMahon temporarily “retired” amid revelations that his publicly traded company paid out $14.6 million in hush money to employee victims of his serial abuse. But the character known on television as “Mr. McMahon” during the dominant professional wrestling entity’s game-changing late 1990s “Attitude Era” clawed his way back to power — seemingly sidelining his own daughter and the company CEO, Stephanie McMahon, in the process. (Stephanie is married to former wrestler and WWE executive Paul “Triple H” Levesque.) McMahon then sold WWE to the Endeavor Group, which earlier had acquired the mixed martial arts group UFC. The combined company is now called TKO Group and is run by Ari Emanuel, brother of former Bill Clinton aide and former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel. At the time two years ago, I shared with Salon readers the history of my own …