Have you seen the site Lazy Self-Indulgent Book Reviews? No? Go check it out. At any rate, while writing about Harlan Ellison’s “Dangerous Vision,” the reviewer uncorks this one.
I had been extremely close to my father, a homemaker, for most of my childhood, but our edges had done serious damage to our relationship through my teenage years. Personally, I think we as a species are too dismissive of the breach of common decency that marks adolescence. It serves a very serious purpose, in that we are supposed to look at each other upon reaching sexual maturity, and say, “my God, I must leave your home and build my own life, farewell.” Regrettably, the strange indoor-cat-like domestication of humans between 12 and 18 means that we must continue to live and friction with our parents for an interminable amount of time. Deeply unnatural, seemingly unavoidable.
Emphasis mine. Indoor-cat-like domestication of humans between 12 and 18. Yes! (Better yet, through the latest healthcare reform, we’ve classified people as old as 26 as children.)
Via The Awl.