The Shiv in the Hand of Kindness

After the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, a story of compassion in the age of Twitter mobs

Nancy Rommelmann
Arc Digital
Published in
16 min readFeb 9, 2020

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A Studio City mural depicting Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, by L.A. artist Art Gozukuchikyan (Artoon)

Let’s talk about piggybacking onto trauma, about inserting yourself into the story, about fanning the debate, about petitioning for solace, about recognizing the inescapable pain of others and taking a little portion for yourself. If cultural…

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Nancy Rommelmann
Arc Digital

Journalist (LA Weekly, NYT, WSJ, Reason). Author of TO THE BRIDGE, A TRUE STORY OF MOTHERHOOD AND MURDER. More at nancyromm.com