May 16, 2005

The New Yorker: How To Overdo It On The Ugly Kid Thing

Paul Rudnick, normally one of the funniest writers anywhere, has a very long, very tedious, one-joke piece about how to raise an ugly child, based on that Canadian grocery cart research:

"I did, however, begin to read to Lisa, and the titles included The Four Little Pigs and The Little Engine That Settled."

and then like ten years later:

"I tried to be a generous, loving parent; whenever Lisa clawed at her paper bag Id murmur, 'Oh, but sweetheart, it's from Herms.'"

Honestly, it's a piece not even a writer's mother could love.

A Mother's Story by Paul Rudnick [newyorker.com]

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