by John Dankosky – My friend from Vermont, whose story I cited in an essay at the start of yesterday’s show about parenting, sent me a message with a link to an amazing story I wish I’d seen before. He said I should read this essay by Michael Chabon from the New York Review of Books, and then “do the show over again.” I don’t disagree. It’s called “Manhood for Amateurs: The Wilderness of Childhood.”
Here’s just a sample:
The sandlots and creek beds, the alleys and woodlands have been abandoned in favor of a system of reservations—Chuck E. Cheese, the Jungle, the Discovery Zone: jolly internment centers mapped and planned by adults with no blank spots aside from doors marked staff only. When children roller-skate or ride their bikes, they go forth armored as for battle, and their parents typically stand nearby.