Not too long after this esteemed magazine published my last essay, one of my “admirers” contacted me with her own opinions. “You’re so smug and condescending,” she said. And went on to berate me for “never” doing anything except calling attention to problems, “never” offering solutions, “never” recognizing that it’s a far, far different world now than in my relative youth. And I’m “always snarky” besides.