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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

Every Friday I point you to some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

1. If you have been following the ups and downs of the British elections over the past week, you will laugh out loud at this spoof in The Guardian of what ensued during the early hours post-election. (Note: This is part of an ongoing series in the paper based on last year’s political farce, In The Loop, about the run-up to the Iraq War. If you haven’t seen In The Loop, run, don’t walk to your nearest video store.)

2. And speaking of the British elections, here’s my take on Day One of the new political marriage between the Conservatives and the Lib Dems.

3. While we’re on the topic of marriage, I was fascinated by this interview in Salon with Tara Parker-Pope, author of For Better: The Science of A Good Marriage. Among other things – and in light of the heavy traffic my assertion that “monogamy isn’t natural” drew on this blog – I was pleased to see my basic point vindicated: monogamy isn’t natural but it can be achieved.

4. Regardless of your views on monogamy, you definitely don’t want to contemplate happy marriage without first considering this marriage-saving blanket (also courtesy of Salon.) Here’s an interview with its inventor, Frank Bibbo. Priceless!

5. This is a terrific piece from the New York Times’ Motherlode blog by Ross Kenneth Urkin on what happens when parents re-marry. It’s also an excellent example of a fine young writer at work.

6. Finally, I absolutely adored this new (to me) list of the 50 best author-vs.-author put downs of all time over at Michelle Kerns’ Book Examiner blog at Examiner.com. (Hat tip: Lisa Romeo Writes.)

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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

This Friday I point you to some worthwhile reading around the blogosphere:

1. Fascinating profile in June Issue of Vanity Fair of Alfred Ochs Sulzberger Jr. , publisher of that most grown-up of newspapers, The New York Times – as he struggles to keep the Gray Lady afloat. While you’re at it, hop over to the New Yorker to read the profile of Mexican Businessman Carlos Slim who is now the leading shareholder (outside the Sulzberger family) of the New York Times.

2. Feel like facebook is aging? Have a look at this generational take on social media over at Macworld.com.

3. And speaking of generation gaps (and the Gray Lady herself), this New York Times article explains why youth may be an asset to venture capital firms.

4. I’ve owned up before to being a regular over at Salon.com’s Life section. These two articles – one on our collective obsession with the First Family and the other about women writers – explain why. Great writing and analysis…often by women!

5. Finally, I always love discovering thoughtful blogs about the writing process. In A Writing Year, novelist Christina Baker Kline talks about the day to day struggles of an (already published!) author. Some really nice stuff in there.

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Over-Parenting: We're All Getting It Wrong

There’s been lots of chatter this week in response to Lisa Belkin’s Sunday Times article announcing the end of “over-parenting.”

Her basic point is that after more than a decade of fetishizing, second-guessing and micro-managing our parenting, we seem to have hit a new phase marked by slow parenting, bad parenting and free-range parenting. Even the once sacrosanct area of breastfeeding is now open to question.

And at least some people are cheering this news.

For some, like Salon’s Amy Benfer, the so-called helicopter parenting trend fostered competition between kids of affluent parents while ignoring the basic needs of the rest.

For others, like Free Range Blogger Lenore Skenazy, over-parenting  infantalized adults while at the same time rendering them nervous wrecks.

I know that at least one friend of mine will be jumping up and down with joy. This mother of three recently wrote me a note saying that while she objects to book burning in principle, she’d make an exception for What To Expect When You’re Expecting…in fact she’d host the barbecue in her own back yard.

I myself will own up to having read the odd parenting manual over the past eight and a half years. I’ve also indulged in the occasional bad parent essay.

But the single best piece of parenting advice I ever got came from my first pediatrician. I went into his office one day stressing out for the 695th time about something I was sure I was doing wrong with my (then) newborn son.¬† He looked me in the eye and said, “Of course you’re doing it wrong! We all are. We just won’t know it for another 50 years.”

I liked this advice so much that I asked my husband if, God forbid, something horrible should ever befall him, he’d be OK with me marrying this guy. He said yes. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of telling this to the good Doctor, who wisely responded: “OK, but we better not tell my wife.”

*****

Love the Life section at Salon.com. I’m a regular.

Image: Mommy Sandwich – Week 2 my kids and me by Photogra Tree via Flickr under a Creative Commons License.

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