Category Archives: Belated Apologies

Raising a kid with low expectations

Sometimes an apology fails rational criteria and yet manages to do the job. SorryWatch was reading Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen‘s excellent autobiography, and came across such a case. As described in the book, Springsteen’s father was a hard man … Continue reading

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A gross teacher “apologizes” and I need a shower

This past Sunday’s New York Times has a shudder-inducing story about a teacher at Phillips Academy who inappropriately romanced one of his students.

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But you’re my mother

In Nadja Spiegelman‘s memoir, I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This, she recounts a curious episode from her youth. (SorryWatch is focusing on apology here and will leave aside our admiration for the work of the writer’s parents, Françoise … Continue reading

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Why Won’t You Apologize? (At least for the DAMN BANANAS?)

Psychologist Harriet Lerner, who wrote the landmark Dance of Anger, praised as “one of the first books written about women’s anger,” has a new book out. SorryWatch read Why Won’t You Apologize?: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts with interest, … Continue reading

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Facts to know before you face the committee

When the late poet Maxine Kumin had to defend her Radcliffe thesis, the committee asked questions about the thesis – “Amorality and the Protagonist in the Novels of Stendhal and Dostoevsky” – and also questions to test her general knowledge. … Continue reading

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OY, VOYA

Would you like to read a case study in shitty apologies and social media implosion? You are in luck! VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) is a journal of young adult literature. It recently reviewed a novel called Run by Kody Keplinger. … Continue reading

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Please don’t tell me what I’m apologizing for

If you don’t say exactly what it is you’re sorry for, it can ruin an otherwise good apology. It’s evasive. The person you’re apologizing to may feel like you’re not facing up to it. It seems insincere. So when you … Continue reading

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It won’t happen again, so shut up about it.

November 28th, 1979, an Air New Zealand sightseeing flight to Antarctica smashed into Mount Erebus, instantly killing everyone aboard. It was the first air disaster in New Zealand’s history and is still the worst. The sightseeing flights began in 1977. … Continue reading

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At last

Hugo Solano was killed by a violent teenager. Left behind were his wife Ana Solano and their two children. When the teenager, Juan Martin Garcia, was on trial Ana Solano was asked what sentence she thought he should get.

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a sweet apology, 51 years later

The New York Times’s John Leland has a neat little story in today’s paper about a prosecutor apologizing to a defendant…a half-century after the prosecutor won his case. 

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