Archive for January, 2011

The Chinese Mother Manifesto

Amy Chua sure has hit a lot of raw nerves. Her book’s premise — that mothers need to practice gonzo parenting on their kids — has freaked people out about childrearing, education, class status, work, marriage, intermarriage and sex. On The Wall Street Journal website, which triggered this national asthma attack by running an excerpt from the book called “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior,” you’ll even find an angry thread about immigration. What argument hasn’t this woman provoked?

Continue Reading January 27, 2011 at 10:44 AM 1 comment

In defense of long books

The influential purveyors of culture who ought to be defending big smart books are throwing in their lot with a babyish digital culture that is spamming our minds with games and sound bites and what The Onion louchely calls the 24-second news cycle.

Continue Reading January 13, 2011 at 12:55 PM 1 comment


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