Michael Chabon: Are Kids the Enemy of Writing?

Four-time father Michael Chabon reconciles ignoring the advice of a great, un-named Southern writer who told him that having children would diminish his writerly productivity.

Source: GQ
Published: Apr 27, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,008 words)

My Son, The Prince Of Fashion

Chabon takes his 13-year-old son to Paris fashion week and gains a greater understanding of who he is.

Source: GQ
Published: Sep 27, 2016
Length: 20 minutes (5,240 words)

Manhood for Amateurs: The Wilderness of Childhood

The thing that strikes me now when I think about the Wilderness of Childhood is the incredible degree of freedom my parents gave me to adventure there. A very grave, very significant shift in our idea of childhood has occurred since then. The Wilderness of Childhood is gone; the days of adventure are past. The land ruled by children, to which a kid might exile himself for at least some portion of every day from the neighboring kingdom of adulthood, has in large part been taken over, co-opted, colonized, and finally absorbed by the neighbors.

Published: Jul 16, 2009
Length: 8 minutes (2,163 words)