David Brooks, author and noted douche bag, leads the “hipster parent” backlash with an op-ed in the NYT. Alternadad’s Neal Pollock responds on his blog with a well considered F-U. My distaste for Brooks goes back to an episode where my former brother-in-law gave me Brooks’ book Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How they got There. (I’m not linking to the book out of principle – that’ll show him). His (former brother-in-law’s) idea was that this book was about us – him and me – and I would enjoy the re-telling of the story. Wrong. He had apparently never met me. My former brother-in-law was also the first person that I saw proudly display his copy of O’Reilly’s No Spin Zone on his book shelf. My former brother-in-law is blessedly former. Anyway, consider the target when you read Pollock’s response.
While I was on vacation last week, I apparently missed the great scrotum dust-up. If you missed it to, the fine blog post “My Scrotum Week” has a non-sensational discussion of how a non-insane fourth grade teacher approached the subject with his students (via Librarian.net).
Recording the Beatles is, apparently, the ultimate book for true Beatles obsessives. It includes fold out centerfolds of mixing board pictures for crying out loud. Self-described obsessive, Frank from TTT, says that the $100 price tag is at least making even him think twice (it’s not available on Amazon at a discount or otherwise). Frank recommends Here There & Everywhere by Beatles sound engineer Geoff Emerick as a nice alternative.
Lastly: See Nabokov reading Dennis the Menace in Guilty Pleasures of Literary Greats.