May 24, 1995 |
When men decide to improve themselves, they don't mess around. Faced with middle age and/or new fatherhood, more men are now trying to come to terms with fathers whose behavior left them emotionally hamstrung. The authors of a new bucket of self-help books for men get right to the point. Stop whining, they say. Get on with it. No. 1: Confront the past. Make a list.
November 21, 2013 |
Vince Vaughn and his new movie, "Delivery Man," have me rethinking my vow to avoid using the description "feel-good" before the word "movie" at all costs. This is Vaughn at his most vulnerable. As much as the wisecracking actor at a different point in his career might have bristled at the description, "Delivery Man," a heart-tugging new comedy about fatherhood and family, is warm as well as wry. Yes, this is a slight film. But there's a very likable ensemble around Vaughn, led by "Parks and Recreation's" Chris Pratt as his best friend, Brett, along with wonderful Polish actor Andrzej Blumenfeld as his father, Mikolaj.
June 10, 1999 |
Looking for the perfect Father's Day gift? Try immortalizing the old man in verse or song. You'll join some elite company. What follows is an off-the-top-of-my-head selection of pop, rock and country songs about fatherhood that pass the no-schmaltz, all-honesty test--many to a painful degree. Let's start with songs that immortalize the old man after the old man has proven mortal.
May 16, 1995 |
In the reshuffling of the cultural deck since the 1960s, the forgotten card appears to be the father. "The Vanishing Father," on PBS' "Frontline" tonight, only begins to explore the vast issue of what fatherhood in America really means, but it is at least interested in searching for that forgotten card.
July 18, 2006 |
Brad Pitt says being a father has changed his priorities. "Man, I got kids now," the 42-year-old actor said in an interview that aired Monday on NBC's "Today" show. "It completely changes your perspective. And certainly takes the focus off yourself, which I'm really grateful for." Pitt is working with Global Green USA, a national environmental organization, on a competition to choose ecologically sound designs for rebuilding neighborhoods in post-Katrina New Orleans.
December 20, 1992 |
This year, Christmas shopping takes on new meaning for Jamar Cramer, L.C. Johnson and Eric Fuller. Dolls and rattles will accompany sweat suits and gym shoes on the holiday shopping lists of these three L.A. Trade Tech basketball players. In addition to being teammates, Cramer, Johnson and Fuller share another bond: fatherhood. While there are fathers on some community college basketball teams, the 10-4 Trade Tech team (as of Friday) is the home of three.
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April 11, 2000
Time was when maternity business suits were a huge deal for expectant mothers, a major advance over the baby-doll frocks that most pregnant women were stuck with and acknowledgment that women could be both professionals and pregnant. Now, years after the big breakthroughs--guaranteed maternity leave, pregnant Demi Moore's nude magazine cover, and baby strollers with built-in cup holders, wouldn't you know that the guys want in on the deal.
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August 8, 1997 |
Here it is August, practically Labor Day, and who would believe that a Los Angeles courtroom would be puzzling over whether this is Father's Day or payday? The probate trial in Department 18 concerns the estate of Tupac Amaru Shakur, deceased. When he was killed in Las Vegas last year he was 25 years old, and almost as rich as he was famous.
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June 24, 1996
Your Father's Day article, "No Longer Missing in Action," moved me to tears. My own father was very much like Alan Clark's--a grown-up Depression child whose major focus, quite understandably, was on providing financial security for his family. Sheryl Stolberg exquisitely captures the awareness and resolve of a segment of my generation of parents in its representative Clark: He realized that the most satisfying way to translate his childhood hunger for more emotional contact with his father was to feed his children the kind of diet he had wished for. His "epiphany" changed him from a father to a Dad. Kudos for your recent emphasis on features that examine the quality of children's and families' lives ("Liberty vs. Morality," occasional series)