According to the Step Family Foundation, 1,300 new stepfamilies form every day, and half of children under 13 in the United States live with one biological parent and that parent’s current partner. Stepfathers are everywhere. And still no family member is more vilified in the media, including in one of my favorite recent films.
During my junior semester abroad, I worked as a companion for Anne-Marie, a famously reclusive French poet who died a couple years ago. She had a rule I knew well, though she never explained its origin: She didn’t allow herself to drink. Not one drop. Except through me.
Before the Boston Marathon bombers were identified, my friend Genevieve said a prayer: “Please don’t let them be Muslims.”
When I say Horvitz is funny, I don’t just mean she is witty or playful with words or cleverly amusing (though she is those things, too). I mean she is David Sedaris-level funny, especially when she writes about her early youth
In our role reversal, I’m the little kid in the back seat repeating, “Are we there yet?”
“Why am I telling the story of Knife Man now? Because my quiet little college town, Charlottesville, Virginia, has become the center of several media stories about attacks on young women.”