This is unbelieveable.
It's not even that she slaps her teenage son.
I got slapped quite a few times as a kid, but my mother never wrote about her difficulties with me in a national magazine. Thank God.
I realize I do write about my family and husband and friends a fair amount and I take great effort to not be self-indulgent and lame about it. (My brothers are kind of an exception. But I figure once one hits the sex offender registry, nothing on the Chaliceblog is going to make one's reputation worse.)
I don't have kids, but the most insulting thing I've written about my mother is that she's kind of distant. And I told her about it. She shrugged.
In the essay, Lamott knowingly or not conveys a freakish, controlling nature and many other unattractive qualities.
If I ever start to sound like this, please tell me.
I can accept that the average person doesn't get how words (especially words spoken in front of other people, or in this case written in a national online magazine) can suck a lot more than being physically attacked.
But Lamott is a writer. She's supposed to know this stuff. Her essay is a lot more troubling than her tendency to slap people.
Nora Ephron sucks. But Anne Lamott may actually be worse.