He speaks directly to students, giving this advice, for example, about cracking the mold while at college: “Don’t talk to your parents more than once a week, or even better, once a month. Don’t tell them about your grades on papers or tests, or anything else about how you’re doing during the term.” He concludes this litany this way: “Make it clear to them that this is your experience, not theirs.”
(Note to my children: This is excellent advice. If you take it, I will kill you.)
This excerpt is from a review of "Excellent Sheep" by William Deresiewicz which appeared in the New York Times.
The parenthetical statement was made by the reviewer, Dwight Garner, in the middle of the review. I find that comment strange and somewhat disturbing, and not just because the fellow just threatened to murder his children.
|Thanksgiving chez Garner might be a bit awkward this year.|
Mr. Garner is moved to homicidal madness by the threat that he will no longer be a central figure in his childrens' lives. This is the height of narcissism.