Monday September 28th, 2009

WASP Offspring

To complement our review of Tad Friend’s Cheerful Money (up today in Circulating), here’s an interview with the author over at the site of his employer, The New Yorker. Among other things, he discusses the odd notion that his children may not consider themselves WASPs:

I guess I’d like Walker and Addie to feel they always have a broad set of choices about how to live—where, and in what manner, and toward what ends—while at the same time I would feel sad if they entirely repudiated the way I grew up. Because that would feel, to a great extent, like a repudiation of me. I know this is a mixed message, but I comfort myself that sending mixed messages is what parenting is all about.