Here's what I find unforgivable about the Fords; it took till now to figure it out. It's not their right-wing politics. There's lots of that around. It's not the bullying, bullies can be dealt with. Nor their huge ambition and sense of political entitlement. It's not Rob's moral foibles or unsavoury social life or his crassness.
A Family by Any Other Name
What does "family" mean to you? The new anthology, A Family by Any Other Name, asks this question and focuses on the perspectives of queer relationships and families. These personal essays discuss stories on coming out, same-sex marriage, adopting, having biological kids, polyamorous relationships, families without kids, divorce and dealing with the death of a spouse, as well as essays by straight writers about having a gay parent or child.
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Over the holidays, there’s nothing quite like cozying up with a special someone, or a couple of friends, to watch a flick on the big or medium screen; or if you’re like my family, crowded around the laptop. (No, we didn’t join the Black Friday mobs battling for a TV this year -- we’re making do!)
Regardless of how we consume film, rabble rousers want more than the typical Hollywood fare, right?
In a recent column I responded to David Brooks' pessimistic analysis concerning the decline of the nuclear family. Brooks argued that we live in an "age of possibility" in which the endless choices offered to individuals discourage them from making broader commitments to family, craft and God. The lack of obligation to family was in Brooks' view dangerous for the development of the individual and of society.
In a recent column in the New York Times, "The Age of Possibility," the intelligent conservative David Brooks reflected on the social problems created by the slow death, catalyzed by individualism, of the traditional nuclear family. The column is typically riven with mistaken assumptions yet makes an important overall point.