October 12, 2004

New Nanny Fiction

Ann Hulbert strikes again. In Slate, she spots a new trend in the wake of The Nanny Diaries, where the parents--and particularly the fathers--are the ones who get most of the care. Hulbert compares the literary Mary Poppins (who has several spoonsful of sugar less than the Disney version) to the caregiving protagonists in Gish Jen's The Love Wife, Benjamin Cheever's The Good Nanny, and Mona Simpson's short story, "Dependents," which ran in The Atlantic.

Good stuff.
Poppins for Parents [Ann Hulbert, Slate]
Dr. Phil is Crazy. Run Far Away [re. another Hulbert column]
Raising America, Hulbert's history of parenting advice

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