Why I Won't Write About Chandra Levy

Twenty years ago, I would have done it, probably in the story's first few weeks--a lock, really, a cinch, given all the elements of the story that are ripe for the taking. The amorous Congressman; the enticement of a tale about another Washington intern; sex in the capital city; sex and politics; sex. Or go a little deeper: a story about the impenetrable nature of public lives or of private lives suddenly blasted with publicity and a sidelight into the missing-persons cases that do not draw national attention--a moral lament about that.

Or go historical and write about all the missing...

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