A year and a half ago, Michael Chabon published a piece in GQ about accompanying his thirteen-year- old son Abraham to Men’s Fashion Week in Paris; “My Son, the Prince of Fashion” quickly went viral, introducing him to a slew of new fans taken with its unique blend of the heartfelt and the hip. This spring, Chabon expands on his story in Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces, delivering a collection of essays—warmhearted and humorous, insightful, wise—on the meaning of fatherhood.
Possessed with a precocious sense of style, Abe was in his element chatting with designers he idolized and turning a critical eye to the freshest runway looks of the season; Chabon Sr., whose interest in clothing stops at “thrift-shopping for vintage western shirts or Hermès neckties,” sat idly by, staving off yawns and fighting the impulse that the whole thing was a massive waste of time. Despite his own indifference, however, what gradually emerged as Chabon ferried his son to and from fashion shows was a deep respect for his son’s passion. The piece quickly became a viral sensation.
With the GQ story as its centerpiece, and featuring six additional essays plus an introduction, "Pops" illuminates the meaning, magic, and mysteries of fatherhood as only Michael Chabon can.
Note: Skylight Books is in Los Feliz, which has notoriously challenging parking. Good idea to ride share to this one, or arrive a little early and wear walking shoes so you can find a spot.
photo: Dev Sarah Lee