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Kids Today

From the Aug/Sept 2015 Print Edition

Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids edited by meghan daum picador, 288 pages, $26 The Dadly Virtues: Adventures from the Worst Job You’ll Ever Love edited by jonathan v. last templeton, 192 pages, $24.95 These days it is widely assumed that a . . . . Continue Reading »

Embattled Middle

From the January 2015 Print Edition

The New Class Conflictby joel kotkintelos, 230 pages, $29.95 About five years after we graduated from college a friend called me from Philadelphia. She had spent some time bouncing between San Francisco and New York working in finance and consulting, and had decided to start her own business and . . . . Continue Reading »

Interfaith, Interracial

From the November 2014 Print Edition

A few weeks ago, I found myself speaking about interfaith marriage at a Reform synagogue in a wealthy suburb of New York. I’ve given many of these talks since the publication of my book on the topic, ’Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage Is Transforming America. During the Q & A . . . . Continue Reading »

Cherished Children

From the March 2013 Print Edition

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon Scribner, 976 pages, $37.50 At the most superficial level, raising children is about getting to the next stage: getting them to sleep through the night, to eat solid food, to give up the pacifier, to use the toilet. . . . . Continue Reading »

Poor Explanations

From the February 2012 Print Edition

Faith and Money: How Religion Contributes to Wealth and Poverty by Lisa A. Keister Cambridge, 254 pages, $27.99 In the age of Occupy Wall Street, remarking on American inequality has become our national pastime. Look at how wide the gap has grown between rich and poor. And what are the causes? . . . . Continue Reading »

A Generation Detached

From the November 2011 Print Edition

Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood by Christian Smith, with Kari Christoffersen, Hilary Davidson, and Patricia Snell Herzog Oxford, 296 pages, $27.95 A few years ago, an intern came to me with what he no doubt thought was an exciting new idea for a piece about “the youth . . . . Continue Reading »

A More Public Yeshiva

From the January 2004 Print Edition

The investiture of a university president—that is, the ceremony in which the authority and symbols of that office are first conferred—is a celebratory occasion, but it must also be an anxious one. The responsibility for leading a large educational institution has always been tremendous, . . . . Continue Reading »