Someone in the comments asked if we know how Sam feels about being written about. In an interview with Powell's Anne Lamott said:
"I've written a few pieces about Sam at Salon, but we've had the discussion and he really doesn't want to be written about. But he also said I could publish all those older pieces; I'll be putting them together in another kind of Traveling Mercies. But I won't be writing about him."
Let's be clear. She admits he doesn't like to be written about. He has been pretty reasonable about what she wrote when he was a kid, more so than he had to be. But he doesn't want to be written about any more.
So I'm guessing getting slapped wasn't enough punishment for not doing a good enough job washing the car.
Sounds like public humiliation of being compared to Jeffrey Dahmer by your own mother in front of a national audience was part of the punishment.
Paraphrasing Calvin Trillan, the teenage years are hard enough without having to be the subject of your parents' humor columns.
But I guess Sam's life wasn't hard enough for Anne.
I'm sorry, this is one nasty woman.