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Finding Mr. Good Enough

In the march issue of the Atlantic magazine, sandwiched between an article about Chinese Internet technology and a review of modernist art criticism, lies a seven-page essay called "Marry Him! The Case for Settling." Its author is Lori Gottlieb, a 40-year-old Los Angeles writer and single mother who admits that the idea of finding Mr. Right, a notion she once harbored, was in fact a bill of goods. Young women in search of marriage and family, she writes, should think seriously about resigning themselves to Mr. Good Enough. "Marriage isn't a passion-fest," Gottlieb writes. "It's more like a partnership formed to run a very small, mundane and often boring nonprofit business." Gottlieb...

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