Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Same, Same Old Story? Don't Think So.

According to numerous folks (men, usually and white and "older") Youtubing their internal Cat (Stevens, aka Yusuf Islam), "It's always been the same, same old story ... from the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen ...."

But it's really not the same. Dads are always getting up to new stories, although there might be the same disconnect between what a child wants and what the "heroic" dad actually gives him or her.

For example, jailed spy Harold Nicholson [Earlier: Giving Them the Business] thought he was passing on great streams of money to his family. Unfortunately, his kids wanted a bit of love and the son seems to be destined to receive at least a bit of jail time for accepting his father's "love."

And Mahmoud Sayrafiezadeh was no doubt convinced he was passing along a better world to his son, Said, when he took off when his son was only 9 months old. But the better world never came, just material for a great new memoir, When Skateboards Will Be Free, that details anything but "the same old story," even as the son could not talk to his dad — except in retrospect and by virtue of this book.

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