Marrit Ingram: “Two things struck me. One is that ‘Preschool of Rock’ seemed awfully familiar, right down to the music-lessons motif and ‘Iron Man’ references. Why, I’d written this article myself in 2004, when it was syndicated on AlterNet and noted across the Web. Stung, I blogged links to both pieces and asked readers for their impressions. A couple of people encouraged me to investigate the similarities. Another reasoned that Pollack ‘probably just never considered any literature that deals with the parents’ perspective before he himself became a parent, and now he thinks he’s inventing the wheel, or fire, so that we can all follow his light, admiring his insights.’ In either case, Pollack’s piece seemed to confirm the bad rap he got in New York Magazine, and I was less inclined to defend him if what he wants is praise for serving beer and punk at playgroup.”
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