Details magazine just posted this feature I did for the September issue about wellspring of resentment that builds up among over-involved parents as they create ever-more-awesome educational and enrichment opportunities for their precious progeny.
For my latest Family Life column, I get up on high horse and rail against hypocritical liberals (who, me?) who criticize the government and corporations for withholding health insurance while allowing their own babysitters and nannies to fend for themselves… It’s time to pay up, people.
While I’ve got a Jewish wife, Jewish kids and an ever-widening circle of Jewish friends and colleagues, I stubbornly remain non-chosen. But I’m sick of being merely Jew-adjacent. So a few weeks ago, I became an official Cultural Jew, in front of a live audience at the opening of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. There was a quiz, humiliation and the downing of gefilte fish juice. My friends at Reboot have just posted audio, in streaming and podcast formats, of the whole mishigas.
I’m doing a presentation this week at the FUSE: Design & Culture Conference with my friend and colleague Bill Goodwin. We’ll be talking about “the rejuvenile aesthetic,” our fancy-pants phraseology for the cartoony, kiddie, whimsical, playful culture that now pops up everywhere from Web 2.0 font design to modern architecture to auto styling… I’ll also hang out to sign books and stalk my fellow presenter, Malcolm Gladwell… I’m on Tuesday April 15 at 2 pm. Registration and other info here.
Latest column is all about how cost of raising kids has never been higher, thanks in large part to fact that parenting now means imagining all the horrible things that can happen to your children and then going out and buying some specially-engineered product that will supposedly prevent those imaginary disasters.