Writers as Parents
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fran schumer
June 2010
Contributor
Written by
fran schumer
June 2010
Re: Dwight Garner's review of Christopher Hitchens' memoir, Hitch 22, in the NYTimes last Wednesday, June 2, 2010. Here is an excerpt: "Hitch 22" has its share of words like "embarrassing" and "shame" and "misgiving." He is bitter about the way the Iraq war was actually conducted. And he ruefully admits he has been a less than stellar father to his own children. "Hitch is far from downbeat, however. It is packed with people....." If either Hitchens or the reviewer was a woman, would either have commented so blitheley on the former's failures as a parent? In the context of the review, it was as if Hitchens had written, "Well I didn't always dress well and of course I wasn't much of a parent, but la di da, I was a hell of a good writer ...blah blah blah." Imagine how Jhumpa Lahiri would be reviewed for having said that.

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