The article about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter Rose in the new New Yorker is a MUST read. Even if the researcher(s) and reporter were hyping things up a little the article still throws a disturbing light on the books. Partly on their creation (apparently they were heavily fiddled with by Rose) and partly on the terrible multi-generational damage Pa did by dragging his family into danger and poverty.
When one finds out that both Laura and Rose ended up so miserable (and nasty nasty nasty) one wonders what it would have been like if Pa had never uprooted the family from the Big Woods in the first place.
And a transcript of a follow up online chat:
*Question: Why exactly am I paying for the magazine when both the article and extra information from the author are online?
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