Helen Schulman on This Beautiful Life

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Helen Schulman discusses her new novel, This Beautiful Life. It tells the story of what happens when a 15-year-old at a private school in Manhattan receives—then forwards to a friend—a sexually explicit video that an eighth-grade admirer sent to him. Within hours, the video has gone viral. The ensuing scandal threatens to shatter his family’s sense of security and identity and, ultimately, their happiness.


Helen Schulman

Comments [4]

Carolyn Campbell from East Orange, NJ

The author is on point with this issue. Unfortunately, she is preaching to the choir to those of us who are educators and parents and are concerned about the welfare of young people.

Over the summer, Good Morning America had a story about a sexting scandal in a school and then proceeded to present Taio Cruz as part of it's summer music series. Am I the only one who realizes that Mr. Cruz has a song on his CD encouraging his girl to send him "Dirty Pictures?"

Our children don't stand a chance as long as these hypocritical attitudes continue.

Aug. 24 2011 09:42 PM
MFan from Staten Island

"In trying to protect their kids they cripple them."

This, in a sentence, is a good summary of the helicopter parenting exhibited in wealthy and gentrified neighborhoods throughout the country today.

Aug. 24 2011 01:27 PM
Mike from Inwood

This woman is really uninteresting. And her ideas that someone or something 'causes' girls to do this are lame.

Aug. 24 2011 01:24 PM

This actually happened in a school where I was principal. That is, that a girl sent [naked] pictures of herself to a boy who sent them around and around....what a mess!

Aug. 24 2011 01:19 PM

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