Magical prose stylist Michael Chabon (Michiko Kakutani,New York Times) delivers a collection of essaysheartfelt, humorous, insightful, wiseon the meaning of fatherhood.For the September 2016 issue ofGQ,Michael Chabon wrote a piece about accompanying his son Abraham Chabon, then thirteen, to Paris Mens Fashion Week. Possessed with a precocious sense of style, Abe was in his element chatting with designers he idolized and turning a critical eye to the freshest runway looks of the season; Chabon Sr., whose interest in clothing stops at thrift-shopping for vintage western shirts or Herms neckties, sat idly by, staving off yawns and fighting the impulse that the whole thing was a massive waste of time. Despite his own indifference, however, what gradually emerged as Chabon ferried his son to and from fashion shows was a deep respect for his sons passion. The piece quickly became a viral sensation.Withthe GQ storyas its centerpiece, and featuring six additional essays plus an introduction,Popsilluminates the meaning, magic, and mysteries of fatherhood as only Michael Chabon can....
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Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces Reviews
Michael Chabon writes stories about his experiences in fatherhood in the style of a mesmerizing novelist. He describes characters and settings with the perfection of an author who sees what most mortals overlook. The opening story, Little Man, about taking his teenage son to Paris fashion week, is endearing even if you have no interest in fashion, which I had little before I read the story and then became self-conscious about my attire. Chabon had me laughing with his story, Against Dicktitude, ...more
Every book from Chabon is a gift. This one is a collection of short pieces on fatherhood. I'd read most of them before. They're all worth re-reading.
(3). I m normally not a short story kind of guy and I have had some trouble in the past getting through Chabon's novels, but the review of this book resonated with me so I got it from the library. It came at the right time, right after Tom Wolfe passed away and I was ready to revisit some of his works. This is a nice little collection. Two of the stories, the longer ones about his son and his father are really touching and insightful. Chabon is very talented, I saw him deliver a piece he wrote e ...more
This is seven essays on being a parent to his four children and a son to his father. In the first essay he brings his fashion- forward 13 year- old son to Paris Men’s Fashion Week. Where Chabon Sr. finds the whole thing a massive waste of time, his son finds his people there. In “Be Cool or Be Cast Out,” Chabon relates as a twelve- year old, he had a t-shirt made reading ‘Libertine,’ which he chose to define as freethinker, not male slut. “Pops” is about Chabon’s father the doctor, who when Chab ...more
Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces by Michael Chabon is a very highly recommended collection of seven short essays. It is a sheer pleasure to reads these essays all thematically linked to fatherhood. There are poignant, funny, contemplative, and universal moments in this short collection that will leave a lasting impression on the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole collection.
The Opposite of Writing: Chabon, father of four, contemplates the advice given to him by a successful writer ...more
“After he’s gone into that all too imaginable darkness— soon enough now— I will have found another purpose for the superpower that my father discovered in me, one evening half a century ago, riding the solitary rails of my imagination into our mutual story, into the future we envisioned and the history we actually accumulated; into the vanished world that once included him.”
Precisely the book that I needed to read at this moment in my journey. I only wish that my dad was around to read this one ...more
“If none of my books turn out to be among that bright remnant because I allowed my children to steal my time, narrow my compass, and curtail my freedom, I’m all right with that. Once they’re written, my books, unlike my children, hold no wonder for me; no mystery resides in them. Unlike my children, my books are cruelly unforgiving of my weaknesses, failings, and flaws of character. Most of all, my books, unlike my children, do not love me back.”
This is a quote from the opening recolle ...more
Michael Chabon is two things off the top of my head. An intense author with sharp wit and sometimes caustic comedy and he's also a lightning rod for controversy - intentionally. I've enjoyed his novels and this short collection of essays where he muses on fatherhood (perfect timing with Fathers Day approaching) as the father of four as well as his relationship with his own father. Get ready for some deep thinking about a 21st century father who sees himself as such. Advice he was given on being ...more