Author Archives: pamela j. hobart

Parenting in the moment and parenting for the future

I think the New York Times “Well Blog” sent out a link to this piece from the archive a few months ago. Though I can often hardly stand even to open the Well Blog emails because the blog’s content tends towards the cringeworthy, I opened this one, for whatever reason. There, I read about a […]

The Red Queen: But If It is, Let Us Pray It Does Not Become Widely Known

My last read of 2016 was Matt Ridley’s The Red Queen. It was already in our home and grabbed my eye and it turned out to be a real page-turner. The title is a reference to a scene in Through the Looking-Glass where the Red Queen herself explains to Alice that, there, it takes running […]

Questions for a New Agrarianism

Around July 2014, I somehow stumbled across the work of Wendell Berry. He’s hard to describe accurately so I’ll just grab the first line of his Wikipedia entry: “American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer.” The first book of his I read was actually a collection of essays, The Art of the Commonplace, […]

Why People Die by Suicide: Review and Notes

Recently, a very distant acquaintance – I infer, from Facebook – died by suicide. Because I was not close to this person and am not close to any of our mutual friends, my curiosity surrounding the circumstances of this surprising departure is thwarted and I remain fairly troubled regarding the whole thing (possibly since this […]

The Best Reason to Breastfeed, and Why No One’s Talking About It

Human milk is a presumptively safe food for human babies, but the infant formulas of today have enough evidence on their side to be considered acceptable substitutes. Formula feeding thus falls well within the scope of morally acceptable parenting practices, especially when it frees parents (read: mothers) to invest in other aspects of parenting instead and […]

Just Another C-Section Birth Story

Before I gave birth to my daughter earlier this year, I thought “birth stories” were kind of silly. Women all over the internet seemed to be routinely spilling their guts, explaining in laborious (ha ha) detail what had happened during the births of their children, the vast majority of which ended in a healthy separation […]

Amateur Hour: FAQ

In case you missed it: tl;dr I quit a libertarian media organization last week because they made a not-especially-well-qualified porn star their most prominent spokesperson. I had qualms about being publicly, professionally associated with such a group, and I didn’t want to appear tacitly condoning of either the pornography itself or the “anything goes” sexual culture […]

Amateur Hour: Why I’m Leaving Young Voices

Having given the matter much thought, I’ve decided to terminate my participation in the “Young Voices” advocates program for principled reasons regarding this new organization’s management strategy and its emerging character. In particular, the recent on-boarding of a nominally libertarian porn star signals that Young Voices is not the relatively neutral support system for serious […]

atheism, privilege, and the value of truth

An internet buddy, Chris Arnade, recently asked what I thought of this piece: “The people who challenged my atheism most were drug addicts and prostitutes.” My resulting thoughts turned out to be more than comment-sized, so here we are. By way of background, Chris has a PhD in physics and worked on Wall Street for […]

Suburbs Are Generic, Cities Are Particular

As all of you who follow me on any social media outlet already know, I recently took a trip home to the motherland: the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. I lived there from birth (1985) until 2007, when I made a 3-year layover in the suburbs of Phoenix before finally moving to New York City in […]