Several stories about Parenting, Inc. were published in the last two days, so I thought I’d provide some links. In the Fairfield County Weekly, former Huffington Post editor Jessica Wakeman interviews me here. A fun Q and A, except for a typo substituting “fridge” for “crib,” which makes for an amusing buy levitra online visual conundrum, given the context. In the Greenville News and also in the Lansing State-Journal, Mama-Rama blogger and author Meagan Francis gives her perspective on the parenting biz. Finally, in the New York Daily News, I am asked to comment on the Miley Cyrus “scandal.”
An early heads-up to my NYC-based readers: I will be speaking as part of a panel next week in Brooklyn’s Park Slope as part of the Adult Education series. Details are below. Hope to see you there!
ADULT EDUCATION PRESENTS: BABIES & AMERICAN INDUSTRY
Tuesday, May 6, 2008 – 8 pm (doors at 7:30)
Union Hall in Park Slope
702 Union St. @ 5th Ave
| Pamela Paul, “Baby Gear Your Mother Didn’t Have”
| Daniel Radosh,”Marketing to Christian Kids or The Secret
Identity of Bibleman”
| Charles Star, “A Short List of the Worst Children’s Toys Ever”
| Gary Drevitch, “How Princesses and Conquered America”
| Susan Gregory Thomas, “Barbie Goes Vertical: How the Marketing
Industry Brands Infants and Toddlers”
DANIEL RADOSH is author of the new book Rapture Ready! Adventures in the
Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture. He is a frequent contributor
to and a contributing editor at The Week magazine. His
writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including , Playboy, Esquire, and GQ. In the early 1990s, Radosh was a staff
writer and editor at Spy magazine. (http://www.radosh.net)
PAMELA PAUL is the author of Parenting, Inc: How We Are Sold on $800
Strollers, Fetal Education, Baby Sign Language, Sleeping Coaches, Toddler
Couture, and Diaper Wipe Warmers — and What It Means for Our Children.
She writes for and the New York Times Book Review, and is
the author of two previous books, Pornified and The Starter Marriage. She
and her family live in Harlem. (http://www.pamelapaul.com)
GARY DREVITCH produces the parenting Web site freelancedad.com,
contributes to magazines like Parents and Jewish Living, and writes
non-fiction books for children. He is also the senior editor of
grandparents.com. A father of three, he has become part of the
problem, and now seeks its solution. (http://freelancedad.com)
SUSAN GREGORY THOMAS is an investigative journalist and broadcaster.
Formerly a senior editor at and co-host of public
television’s Digital Duo, she has also written for Time, the , Glamour, and elsewhere. She has two children, seven and four years
CHARLES STAR is a sometimes lawyer, sometimes comic, and host of Adult Ed.
But he is mostly known for his excellent cat. (http://www.charlesstar.com)
Speakers will be on hand afterward to answers questions and sign books.
Little bits of news: The St. Petersburg Times printed a nice review of Parenting, Inc. over the weekend, written by a former teacher, so her praise felt especially good. Also, Nancy Schute published a Q and A with me in US News & World Report, viewable online here. And I’ll be reading tonight at Housing Works in New York City, for those in town and free this rainy Monday evening.
Sorry, folks, to do this again. It’s really not my fault, but the Early Show keeps getting moved and bumped. So now it’s not airing tomorrow, but will apparently air some time this week. I will post once I know.
Tomorrow morning, Monday, I’ll be on The Early Show on CBS at 8:40 a.m. Given that my entire family and I have been battling colds for the past week, I’ll be tucking in early tonight. But before I do, I thought I’d share this lovely review of Parenting, Inc. from the St. Petersburg Times. Here’s to a good night sleep and no tripping or stuttering (please!) on TV…