“Seduction … is becoming as much of a lost art as hand-caning and bookbinding. But while those two crafts can be replaced by machine work, seduction, if it is not done ‘by hand,’ will not be done at all.”
A 1962 gem with a side of gender politics and charming illustrations by MAD Magazine’s Paul Coker:
“I was a father for six years, a mother for ten, and for a time in between I was both, or neither, like some parental version of the schnoodle, or the cockapoo. Of course, as parents go, I was a rather feminine father; for that matter I suppose I’m a masculine mother. When I was their father I showed my boys how to make a good tomato sauce, how to fold a napkin, how to iron a dress shirt; as their mother I’ve shown them how to split wood with a maul. Whether this means I’ve had one parenting style or two, I am not entirely certain. I can assure you I am not a perfect parent and will be glad to review the long list of my mistakes. But in dealing with a parent who subverts a lot of expectations about gender, I hope my sons have learned to be more flexible and openhearted than many of their peers with traditionally gendered parents.”
Why there’s much more to the art of raising a human being than the science of chromosomal alignment.
63 celebrated queer authors – including David Levithan, Amy Bloom, Brian Selznick, Gregory Maguire, and Lucy Thurber – offer honest, heartening, profoundly moving personal missives to their younger selves.