You’ve heard of that “Go the Fuck to Sleep” book that’s coming out, right? And that Samuel Jackson has a free Audible.com reading of it available now? I downloaded the Samuel Jackson reading, and yes, he is perfect for it.
If you’ve ever been a sleep deprived zombie, like I am right now–holing up in Target might not have been the best idea, some people were infected, but luckily throwing huge bottles of detergent knocked their heads in, was a bit splattery, but anyway–you know what it’s like to have a hard time getting your kid, yes, the fuck to sleep! Especially when it seems highly likely they have been changed out for an evil creature of the fae.
Here’s an article by Nick Duerden of The Guardian about the author, and here’s a notable quote:
One thing he [Adam Mansbach] never envisaged was becoming was a writer of subversive children’s rhymes. But then, he argues, he’d never had children before, and didn’t realise what a rich source of inspiration they could be. “The first couple of years were pretty rough, though I should point out that it was my partner who dealt with it 75% of the time. In fact, she has only permitted me to speak about the book at all if I make it clear to everyone I talk to that it was mostly her. She says that if she hadn’t been so tired herself, she’d have written it.” The bolding is mine, for emphasis.
I don’t think he should have gone for the funny and made it seem like his partner forced him to tell reporters that she actually did most of the work, and not him. I think he could have phrased this better. As in, “My partner [does she have a name?] did most of the work, suffered the most sleep deprivation, and couldn’t write this herself because of it. Also, if SHE had written it, mother’s groups and the far conservative right would have been crawling up her ass in indignation that a MOTHER would dare think these things about her own child. But since I’m the dad who isn’t putting in nearly the same amount of time as she is, and I’m expected to be creative and don’t have all that Motherhood, America and Apple Pie shit to think about, I ran with it. And now look! I’m surprisingly successful!”
Okay, so that’s a bit heavy-handed, but if you have to spell it out, that’s what you’ve got to do. Oh, Nick Duerden, the article writer? I don’t know if there’d been an agreement not to mention her, but I didn’t see mention of Adam Mansbach’s wife/significant other’s name at all. Fail, people. And doing a little more hunting, there’s no other article I could find (but that I might have missed) where his partner even comes up at all. So maybe Nick didn’t do such a bad job after all.
It is a very funny book, and I couldn’t stop laughing while listening to Jackson read it. I wonder if it would have met with the same success if a woman had written it.
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