- The Washington Times - Monday, January 21, 2002

'Friends' and family
"What is Gen X's approach to parenting? It is a blend of caution, pragmatism and traditionalism.
"[C]hildhood divorce [is] one of the decisive experiences influencing how Gen Xers shape their own families. Above all, they want to avoid creating the broken homes, alimony disputes, absentee fathers and tangles with stepparents that many of them experienced as children.
"Whereas Boomer women were often ideologically motivated in terms of their decision about marriage, career and family, Gen Xers are much more practical and individualistic. 'Gen X women don't need to prove anything,' says [editor Cheryl] Russell. 'The Boomers already did it all and proved it for them.'
"Today's parents espouse certain traditional values the Boomers rejected. A majority of Gen Xers say they'd like to see a return to more traditional standards in parental responsibility (65 percent) and marriage (57 percent).
"For Gen X, and for American society overall, the family ideal is in transition. 'The definition of family has expanded,' says [consultant David] Stillman. 'For Gen X, family can be cohabitation, same-sex partners, groups like on the show 'Friends.' It doesn't have to be narrowly defined.'"
Pamela Paul, writing on "Meet the Parents," in the January issue of American Demographics

Murder rap
"The current Atlanta murder trial of Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, a former Black Panther, is another vindication of David Horowitz's critical assessment of Panther criminality.
"Also known as H. Rap Brown, the 58-year-old Al-Amin is accused of murdering Ricky Kinchen, a sheriff's deputy, and wounding his partner, Aldranon English, in a shootout in Atlanta in March 2000.
"Al-Amin has a history of violence and brushes with the law. In 1968, he was charged with inciting a riot and went underground on the eve of his trial. Three years later, he was caught during a shootout in an attempted armed robbery in New York and sentenced to five years in prison.
"Al-Amin converted to Islam in jail. He moved to Atlanta in 1976 and opened a mosque.
"The present trial not only crystallizes Al-Amin's individual criminality; it also reminds us that the Black Panthers were ruthless thugs. David Horowitz has been stating this fact for more than two decades, but the American left and mainstream media continue to force this issue into invisibility."
Jamie Glazov, writing on "A Panther's Trial," Thursday in Front Page at www.frontpagemag.com

Middle Earth movies
"'The Fellowship of the Ring' is an impressive piece of filmmaking. It is, indeed, intensely faithful to the text, although, unsurprisingly, a great deal of the story [from the J.R.R. Tolkien novel] is omitted. The filmmakers also tinker with two of the very few female characters Tolkien bothered to imagine, contriving a love interest that gives one of them a little more screen time. [Director Peter] Jackson has reduced the book's lore to the story of the ring. It is a fully realized world, but the sense of indefinite extension is missing.
"What remains is the action the chases, fights, battles, and so on.
"The three films of 'The Lord of the Rings' cost $270 million to make. They manage to reproduce even the most fantastic elements of Tolkien's book in visual terms.
"Peter Jackson's first cinematic love is horror movies, and 'The Fellowship of the Ring' is nearly a horror movie in its intensity. Young kids will be scared. And for kids pushing 50, there is a lesson about the evolution of the mind's eye over the last 35 years that may be a little painful."
Louis Menand, writing on "Goblin Market," in the Jan. 17 issue of the New York Review of Books

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