Monday, June 19, 2017

Reader's Diary #1607- Doug Patrick: The Playground with Dad


I'm sure all of us parents have had those moments when we were not shining examples of parenthood. Fortunately I have Doug Patrick's "The Playground with Dad" to remind me that hey, at least I'm not that guy. The father in this story is the male that we all talk about when we say that yeah, maybe it's not a bad thing if masculinity dies.

It's written from the perspective of a young boy who has not yet accepted that his father is at best a dud. Writing from such a point of view, as we all know, is always risky. It's hard to write an authentic sounding kid. By and large Patrick accomplishes it, though there's one joke where the kid mistakes John Lennon as John Lemon that is hammered on just a tad too long. Small complaint really.

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