This week’s issue of The New Yorker includes a sage analysis of Amy Chua’s controversial and, in my opinion, overrated Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. After reading the same excerpt everybody else did in The Wall Street Journal, I bathed briefly in self-indulgence, wishing my own non-Chinese mother had taken a few tips from Chua. I tend to lean toward the opinion that borderline child abuse is a small price to pay for academic excellence :-). But truth be told, my mom is perfect. And TNY sums it up perfectly: “Imagine your most self-congratulatory friend holding forth for two hours about her kids’ triumphs, and you’ve more or less got the narrative.” Touché.
- Updates to resume (semi) soon. Winter-break reads: Gone Girl; The Sense of an Ending; This is How You Lose Her; and a couple Alain de Botton 5 years ago
- Updates will recommence soon. Currently reading Hanna Rosin's forthcoming The End of Men: And the Rise of Women. goo.gl/mzjjM 5 years ago
- Reading a fascinating, terrifying memoir of a young woman's bout w autoimmune encephalitis, AKA the "Exorcist" disease: goo.gl/cuaGF 5 years ago
- Just bought "Barack Obama: The Story," David Maraniss's new bio that got all that fanfare in "Vanity Fair": goo.gl/4nzQ3 #hyped 5 years ago
- "In the Shadow of the Banyan," Vaddey Ratner's first, forthcoming novel about surviving the Khmer Rouge: goo.gl/pte1n #fridayreads 5 years ago