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Why are the standards set for fathers so much lower than those for mothers?

Jason Butler Harner reads from Pulitzer prize-winning author Michael Chabon's moving, warm and witty memoir about life as a husband, father and son.

In exploring what it means to be a man today, Chabon reflects on the personal and family history that haunts him even as it's being written every day.

At the centre of a large and complex family, and with four young children, Chabon evokes memories of his childhood, of his parents' marriage and divorce and of moments of painful adolescent comedy.

In this first episode an encounter in a supermarket leads him to remember his own father and considers the changing nature of fatherhood today.

Why is it that, even as a father completely involved in the day-to-day lives of his children, so much less expected of him than of his wife?

Michael Chabon is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of seven novels including The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, and The Yiddish Policeman's Union.

He has been described by the Guardian as 'a spectacular writer' and by the New York Times as 'one of his generation's most eloquent voices'.

Jason Butler Harner has starred in films such as The Changeling with Angelina Jolie, as well as numerous TV series including Law and Order and John Adams.

An accomplished stage actor, he has just appeared on the London stage in Serenading Louie at the Donmar Warehouse.

Producer: Jane Greenwood.

This is a Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

0120100419

Why are the standards set for fathers so much lower than those for mothers?

Jason Butler Harner reads from Pulitzer prize-winning author Michael Chabon's moving, warm and witty memoir about life as a husband, father and son.

In exploring what it means to be a man today, Chabon reflects on the personal and family history that haunts him even as it's being written every day.

At the centre of a large and complex family, and with four young children, Chabon evokes memories of his childhood, of his parents' marriage and divorce and of moments of painful adolescent comedy.

In this first episode an encounter in a supermarket leads him to remember his own father and considers the changing nature of fatherhood today.

Why is it that, even as a father completely involved in the day-to-day lives of his children, so much less expected of him than of his wife?

Michael Chabon is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of seven novels including The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, and The Yiddish Policeman's Union.

He has been described by the Guardian as 'a spectacular writer' and by the New York Times as 'one of his generation's most eloquent voices'.

Jason Butler Harner has starred in films such as The Changeling with Angelina Jolie, as well as numerous TV series including Law and Order and John Adams.

An accomplished stage actor, he has just appeared on the London stage in Serenading Louie at the Donmar Warehouse.

Producer: Jane Greenwood.

This is a Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

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Why are the standards set for fathers so much lower than those for mothers?

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Michael Chabon reflects on his complex relationship with his ex-father-in-law.

Jason Butler Harner continues to read from Pulitzer prize-winning author Michael Chabon's moving, warm and witty memoir about life as a husband, father and son.

In exploring what it means to be a man today, Chabon reflects on the personal and family history that haunts him even as it's being written every day.

At the centre of a large and complex family, and with four young children, Chabon evokes memories of his childhood, of his parents' marriage and divorce and of moments of painful adolescent comedy.

Despite having very little in common, Michael Chabon formed a very close relationship with the father of his first wife.

Today he reflects on the different world his father-in-law opened up for him, the joy he felt in being part of a much more stable family than his own, and the complex emotions both men felt when his marriage broke down.

Michael Chabon is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of seven novels including The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, and The Yiddish Policeman's Union.

He has been described by the Guardian as 'a spectacular writer' and by the New York Times as 'one of his generation's most eloquent voices'.

Jason Butler Harner has starred in films such as The Changeling with Angelina Jolie, as well as numerous TV series including Law and Order and John Adams.

An accomplished stage actor, he has just appeared on the London stage in Serenading Louie at the Donmar Warehouse.

Producer: Jane Greenwood.

This is a Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

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Michael Chabon reflects on his complex relationship with his ex-father-in-law.

Jason Butler Harner continues to read from Pulitzer prize-winning author Michael Chabon's moving, warm and witty memoir about life as a husband, father and son.

In exploring what it means to be a man today, Chabon reflects on the personal and family history that haunts him even as it's being written every day.

At the centre of a large and complex family, and with four young children, Chabon evokes memories of his childhood, of his parents' marriage and divorce and of moments of painful adolescent comedy.

Despite having very little in common, Michael Chabon formed a very close relationship with the father of his first wife.

Today he reflects on the different world his father-in-law opened up for him, the joy he felt in being part of a much more stable family than his own, and the complex emotions both men felt when his marriage broke down.

Michael Chabon is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of seven novels including The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, and The Yiddish Policeman's Union.

He has been described by the Guardian as 'a spectacular writer' and by the New York Times as 'one of his generation's most eloquent voices'.

Jason Butler Harner has starred in films such as The Changeling with Angelina Jolie, as well as numerous TV series including Law and Order and John Adams.

An accomplished stage actor, he has just appeared on the London stage in Serenading Louie at the Donmar Warehouse.

Producer: Jane Greenwood.

This is a Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

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Michael Chabon reflects on his complex relationship with his ex-father-in-law.

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Michael Chabon considers the lack of freedom granted to today's children.

Jason Butler Harner continues to read from Pulitzer prize-winning author Michael Chabon's moving, warm and witty memoir about life as a husband, father and son.

In exploring what it means to be a man today, Chabon reflects on the personal and family history that haunts him even as it's being written every day.

At the centre of a large and complex family, and with four young children, Chabon evokes memories of his childhood, of his parents' marriage and divorce and of moments of painful adolescent comedy.

When Michael Chabon was growing up the 1970s, he and his bicycle had the freedom of the neighbourhood.

He and his friends played in the woods and explored the streets and empty lots of his Maryland town.

But his own children, like all their contemporaries, are driven everywhere by over-protective parents and are never seen out on the streets.

Chabon reflects on why has this happened and wonders what effect it is having on children's imaginations.

Michael Chabon is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of seven novels including The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, and The Yiddish Policeman's Union.

He has been described by the Guardian as 'a spectacular writer' and by the New York Times as 'one of his generation's most eloquent voices'.

Jason Butler Harner has starred in films such as The Changeling with Angelina Jolie, as well as numerous TV series including Law and Order and John Adams.

An accomplished stage actor, he has just appeared on the London stage in Serenading Louie at the Donmar Warehouse.

Producer: Jane Greenwood.

This is a Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

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Michael Chabon considers the lack of freedom granted to today's children.

Jason Butler Harner continues to read from Pulitzer prize-winning author Michael Chabon's moving, warm and witty memoir about life as a husband, father and son.

In exploring what it means to be a man today, Chabon reflects on the personal and family history that haunts him even as it's being written every day.

At the centre of a large and complex family, and with four young children, Chabon evokes memories of his childhood, of his parents' marriage and divorce and of moments of painful adolescent comedy.

When Michael Chabon was growing up the 1970s, he and his bicycle had the freedom of the neighbourhood.

He and his friends played in the woods and explored the streets and empty lots of his Maryland town.

But his own children, like all their contemporaries, are driven everywhere by over-protective parents and are never seen out on the streets.

Chabon reflects on why has this happened and wonders what effect it is having on children's imaginations.

Michael Chabon is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of seven novels including The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, and The Yiddish Policeman's Union.

He has been described by the Guardian as 'a spectacular writer' and by the New York Times as 'one of his generation's most eloquent voices'.

Jason Butler Harner has starred in films such as The Changeling with Angelina Jolie, as well as numerous TV series including Law and Order and John Adams.

An accomplished stage actor, he has just appeared on the London stage in Serenading Louie at the Donmar Warehouse.

Producer: Jane Greenwood.

This is a Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

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Michael Chabon considers the lack of freedom granted to today's children.

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In today's episode, the need to put up a new towel rail leads Michael Chabon to wonder why men can never admit to being out of their depth.

This is an essential element of being a man: to flood everyone around you in a great radiant arc of bullshit, one whose source and object of greatest intensity is yourself.

To behave as if you have everything firmly under control even when you have just sailed your boat over the falls."

Michael Chabon is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of seven novels including The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, and The Yiddish Policeman's Union.

He has been described by the Guardian as 'a spectacular writer' and by the New York Times as 'one of his generation's most eloquent voices'.

Jason Butler Harner has starred in films such as The Changeling with Angelina Jolie, as well as numerous TV series including Law and Order and John Adams.

An accomplished stage actor, he has just appeared on the London stage in Serenading Louie at the Donmar Warehouse.

Producer: Jane Greenwood.

This is a Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

Michael Chabon wonders why men can never admit to being out of their depth."

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In today's episode, the need to put up a new towel rail leads Michael Chabon to wonder why men can never admit to being out of their depth.

This is an essential element of being a man: to flood everyone around you in a great radiant arc of bullshit, one whose source and object of greatest intensity is yourself.

To behave as if you have everything firmly under control even when you have just sailed your boat over the falls."

Michael Chabon is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of seven novels including The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, and The Yiddish Policeman's Union.

He has been described by the Guardian as 'a spectacular writer' and by the New York Times as 'one of his generation's most eloquent voices'.

Jason Butler Harner has starred in films such as The Changeling with Angelina Jolie, as well as numerous TV series including Law and Order and John Adams.

An accomplished stage actor, he has just appeared on the London stage in Serenading Louie at the Donmar Warehouse.

Producer: Jane Greenwood.

This is a Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

Michael Chabon wonders why men can never admit to being out of their depth."

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Michael Chabon wonders why men can never admit to being out of their depth.

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Jason Butler Harner continues to read from Pulitzer prize-winning author Michael Chabon's moving, warm and witty memoir about life as a husband, father and son.

In exploring what it means to be a man today, Chabon reflects on the personal and family history that haunts him even as it's being written every day.

At the centre of a large and complex family, and with four young children, Chabon evokes memories of his childhood, of his parents' marriage and divorce and of moments of painful adolescent comedy.

In the final episode, Michael Chabon is forced to confront his teenage daughter's emerging sexuality, and his own feelings of protectiveness and helplessness towards her.

For a while everything about my daughter's entrance into puberty, her emerging new self and the concomitant interest of boys in her, discomfited me.

And the part of it that made me squirm the most was how depressingly trite my discomfort was.

Was that the kind of father I had turned out to be? Standing on the front porch with my shotgun under one arm, cartoonishly interrogating my daughter's cartoonish dates?"

Michael Chabon is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of seven novels including The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, and The Yiddish Policeman's Union.

He has been described by the Guardian as 'a spectacular writer' and by the New York Times as 'one of his generation's most eloquent voices'.

Jason Butler Harner has starred in films such as The Changeling with Angelina Jolie, as well as numerous TV series including Law and Order and John Adams.

An accomplished stage actor, he has just appeared on the London stage in Serenading Louie at the Donmar Warehouse.

Producer: Jane Greenwood.

This is a Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

Michael Chabon confronts his feelings towards his daughter's emerging sexuality."

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Jason Butler Harner continues to read from Pulitzer prize-winning author Michael Chabon's moving, warm and witty memoir about life as a husband, father and son.

In exploring what it means to be a man today, Chabon reflects on the personal and family history that haunts him even as it's being written every day.

At the centre of a large and complex family, and with four young children, Chabon evokes memories of his childhood, of his parents' marriage and divorce and of moments of painful adolescent comedy.

In the final episode, Michael Chabon is forced to confront his teenage daughter's emerging sexuality, and his own feelings of protectiveness and helplessness towards her.

For a while everything about my daughter's entrance into puberty, her emerging new self and the concomitant interest of boys in her, discomfited me.

And the part of it that made me squirm the most was how depressingly trite my discomfort was.

Was that the kind of father I had turned out to be? Standing on the front porch with my shotgun under one arm, cartoonishly interrogating my daughter's cartoonish dates?"

Michael Chabon is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of seven novels including The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, and The Yiddish Policeman's Union.

He has been described by the Guardian as 'a spectacular writer' and by the New York Times as 'one of his generation's most eloquent voices'.

Jason Butler Harner has starred in films such as The Changeling with Angelina Jolie, as well as numerous TV series including Law and Order and John Adams.

An accomplished stage actor, he has just appeared on the London stage in Serenading Louie at the Donmar Warehouse.

Producer: Jane Greenwood.

This is a Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

Michael Chabon confronts his feelings towards his daughter's emerging sexuality."

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Michael Chabon confronts his feelings towards his daughter's emerging sexuality.