Film Review: Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Wont You Be My Neighbor

Won’t You Be My Neighbor directed by Morgan Neville (Tremolo Productions, PG-13, 94 min) Starring Fred Rodgers. The Virtue of Childhood and the Small Dismissals of Parenthood There is a distance between a child and a parent. Too often, a parent abuses the disproportionate capacity for information, discounting a child’s experience in the process. When a child falls down and begins to cry, shocked that such an event has occurred, too often a parent brushes it off. Refrains of “You’re fine” combat the expressions of fear, doubt, and misunderstanding found in the child’s cries. Or, when a child tells a parent that he or she is afraid of the dark, the parent often says there’s nothing to be afraid of,… Read More →

Book Review: Pops

Pops by Michael Chabon

Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces by Michael Chabon (New York: Harper, 2018. 144 pp) One of the most celebrated writers of his generation according to The Virginia Quarterly Review, Michael Chabon was born in Washington D.C. He earned his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and his M.F.A from the University of California, Irvine. Chabon published his first novel, The Mysteries Of Pittsburgh, from his master’s thesis at the age of 25. His third novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union won Chabon the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award. The Hardest Job Parenting is the most challenging thing I’ve ever set off to accomplish. While my second son may have… Read More →

Book Review: Pigeon English

Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman

Pigeon English: A Novel by Stephen Kelman (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. 288 pp) Stephen Kelman was born in Luton in 1976. Pigeon English, his first novel, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Desmond Elliot Prize, and the Guardian First Book Award. He lives in St. Albans. Existential Fears of Parenthood There’s a list of Oscar-nominated films piling up in the queue. The reasons are many. We work; we try to make dinner; scarcely a minute passes without the air molecules punctured from another exhort: “Daddy! Daddy! Daddy! Look at me!” Down the list of reasons for which we tend not to watch movies exists a fear. Put differently, many films place children in perilous circumstances. While such… Read More →