Andrée Seu Peterson

Andrée is a senior writer for WORLD Magazine and the author of three books: Won't Let You Go Unless You Bless Me, Normal Kingdom Business, and We Shall Have Spring Again.

Being in hate

Voices | A mind-altering condition with severe consequences
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 6/13/17, 11:54 pm

You have heard of being in love. Have you heard of being in hate? People who are in love generally know they are in love. People who are in hate, not so.

People in love are emotional and realize it. People in hate think they have never been so rational.

We speak of being in love as a state. One can often identify the onset of the condition (and sometimes the expiration of it). We say of a starry-eyed couple, “They are in love.” It is an acknowledgment that something real has overtaken their brains.

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Fault lines

Voices | How can we define fairness in the case of Brandon Bostian?
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 5/24/17, 08:59 pm

If it had been concocted by a college ethics professor to test students’ grasp of the principles of fairness, you couldn’t have found a more challenging case than the Brandon Bostian story.

On May 12, 2015, the Amtrak train he was conducting accelerated to 106 miles per hour in a 50 mph zone at the Frankford Junction curve in Philadelphia, derailing the seven cars and resulting in the deaths of eight people and injury to over 150.

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The conundrum over commas

Essay | Punctuation can get in the way of a good time
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 5/11/17, 12:52 pm

There are minimalists and there are maximalists in punctuation and that’s OK. Although I could have said: There are minimalists and there are maximalists in punctuation, and that’s OK.

I am emboldened in this new liberation by a book I read on writing: Why Write? The author, University of Virginia professor Mark Edmundson, has sentences like the following throughout the book:

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