All The Answers Fit To Print: A Book of Baffling Questions
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In the book, Jamieson also writes about spending time at the Natural History Museum, both as a child and as a parent with his son. He says he spends “idiosyncratic, only-in-New York” days with Dean, eating at the Red Hook soccer field, both of them getting their hair cut at Astor Place (where Jamieson would be taken as a boy). Though Paulina is too young to have come on many of the father-son adventures (like an overnight train ride to see the dinosaur, Sue, in Chicago) she did join the two of them on a toy rocket launch, replicating a father/son moment from Jamieson’s childhood.
Dean actually did ask why he couldn’t cook his sister, one day when she was having a tantrum. He is set straight by an archeologist: “You cannot just cook and eat your sister because your father is trying to civilize you. You would find it existentially upsetting.” Readers of Father Knows Less will find the questions — and answers — existentially enjoyable.
NOTE: Jamieson is planning a second edition of the book and is collecting questions on his website, www.fatherknowslessbook.com.