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The time-honored way of writing a New Yorker exposé is to never raise your voice. Instead, pile one specific quietly on another until the reader is silently screaming.

In just this fashion, “The Master,” the lead article in the April 1 New Yorker, considers the accusations made by former prep students at the Bronx’s Horace Mann school that back in the 1960s and ’70s they were sexually seduced by their English teacher. According to the accounts reported by the New Yorker‘s Marc Fisher, the teacher, Robert Berman, would pick out boys from unstable families, tell them they were brilliant and must live for their gifts, begin inviting them to his home, and at some point suggest they take their clothes off. Some of the relationships allegedly formed in this way lasted for years.