Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Oh, so bitter. Oh, so liberal.

What an outrage that someone should write a book portraying men as good fathers, boys as creative, and American life as a good.

Well thanks to Newsweek that myth can now be exposed as crass nostalgia.

In her review of The Dangerous Book for Boys, writer Jennie Yabroff reveals as fatuous the very idea that a father might walk down a starlit path with his son, pointing out Orion. Or that a father might recite Robert Frost. Or that a MAN might know how a battery works.

Yabroff herself is so perfectly jaded and urbane (or she strives to hard to be) that these things are utterly beyond her comprehension. If they seem possible to you, or if they seem familiar, then you just haven't read the latest book about how there never were any good old days. Men are evil and boys are hyperactive and that is all there is to it in Jennie's world.

But seriously, I'm forced to wonder what she finds so fantastic about the apparently impossible world of Dangerous Book: That men actually know something? That fathers and boys have relationships? That parents somewhere dont call parenting *quality time*?

To me the book rings familiar. To her it seems fatuous. Im sorry she is so bitter, with a set of experiences so hard and sterile, but, given that, shouldn’t she really stick to reviewing books by Al Franken?

HT Jeff Battersby

6 Comments:

Blogger Gayle said...

Yes, she should indeed stick to books by Al Franken, and documentaries by Michael Moore and Al Gore!

Actually, I think we should probably pity her. She obviously hates men, and that's a shame. It proves she never had a good experience with her father - or at least it proves she believes she never had a good experience with him, or any other man. It also proves she sees the glass half empty, which indicates her life will be very baren. Poor thing!

6:01 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

I followed my dad around like a puppy dog.

I would ask him questions. If he didn't know the answer he would say
"cuz chasm."

I would ALWAYS respond
"what's Chasm, daddy?"

He would ALWAYS reply
"a hole in the ground."


giggle

1:38 AM  
Blogger Walker said...

Pam, that is so cute!

8:07 AM  
Blogger Walker said...

I have to agree with you there, Gayle.

8:22 AM  
Blogger white trash republican said...

Heck, I'm buying that book for my GIRLS!
Gosh, wonder what that Yabroff broad would say about that?!
; )

8:09 PM  
Blogger Walker said...

:-) WTR. IF the same book were entitled The Dangerous Book for Girls, she'd would think it was Holy Writ. 'Course it would have to contain a chapter about reporting your future husband for being too controlling.

7:48 AM  

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