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Michael Chabon's Telegraph Avenue

Monday, September 17, 2012

Michael Chabon talks about his latest novel, Telegraph Avenue. Set in 2004, the story centers on longtime friends, bandmates, and co-regents of Brokeland Records located in the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland, and their wives, who are semi-legendary Berkeley midwives. Their businesses, professional existence, and friendships are tested.

Guests:

Michael Chabon

Comments [2]

Saddened from BKLYN

Oy. I have a great amount of respect for Leonard Lopate, but "old-fashioned" births and raw milk "used to work perfectly well" for... whom, exactly? The ridiculous numbers of infants and mothers who died from complications in the good old days? The millions of people sickened by unpasteurized dairy back in the good old days?

Sure, we all love the idea of bragging about our artisanal raw milk spreads, while celebrating the home births of our children. That carries a lot of social capital in Berkeley, Park Slope, etc.

But when my friend's infant almost died due to her insistence on an "old-fashioned" home birth -- from complications that were completely preventable if treated by one of those new-fangled doctors we have... Well, that raw milk started to taste pretty sour.

Mr. Lopate, please consider the difference between nice lifestyle choices vs. serious medical issues. Especially when you have such a powerful and influential platform.

That said, can't wait to read the new Chabon book!

Sep. 17 2012 01:33 PM
Ellen from Williamsburg

When I was a midwife, we used to say that when a midwife lost a baby it was considered murder, but when a doctor dropped one, it was considered an act of god.

Sep. 17 2012 01:18 PM

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