Ayelet Waldman – The thing about youthful offenders…

The thing about youthful offenders is that no one seems to care about them. Most…


“The thing about youthful offenders is that no one seems to care about them. Most people don’t like adolescents – even the good ones can be snarky and unpleasant. Combine the antipathy we feel toward the average teenager with the fear inspired by youth violence, and you have a population that no one wants to deal with.”
-Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman – Despite the fact that in…

Despite the fact that in America we incarcerate more juveniles for life terms than in…


“Despite the fact that in America we incarcerate more juveniles for life terms than in any other country in the world, the truth is that the vast majority of youth offenders will one day be released. The question is simple and stark. Do we want to help them change or do we want to help them become even more violent and dangerous?”
-Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman – Look, if you ask a…

Look, if you ask a child, ‘Would you rather have a fulfilled mother or a…


“Look, if you ask a child, ‘Would you rather have a fulfilled mother or a stay-at-home Sylvia Plath,’ they’ll pick Sylvia Plath every time. But I think it’s really important that children don’t feel their parents’ emotional lives depend on their success.”
-Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman – Before I was married, I…

Before I was married, I didn’t consider my failure to manage even basic hand tools…


“Before I was married, I didn’t consider my failure to manage even basic hand tools a feminist inadequacy. I thought it had more to do with being Jewish. The Jews I knew growing up didn’t do ‘do-it-yourself.’ When my father needed to hammer something he generally used his shoe, and the only real tool he owned was a pair of needle-nose pliers.”
-Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman – During the periods in my…

During the periods in my marriage when I chose to stay home with my kids…


“During the periods in my marriage when I chose to stay home with my kids rather than work as an attorney, it caused me no end of anxiety. Despite the fact that I knew I was contributing to our family by caring for our children, I still felt that my worth was less because I wasn’t earning.”
-Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman – I pity the young woman…

I pity the young woman who will attempt to insinuate herself between my mama’s boy…


“I pity the young woman who will attempt to insinuate herself between my mama’s boy and me. I sympathize with the monumental nature of her task. It will take a crowbar, two bulldozers and half a dozen Molotov cocktails to pry my Oedipus and me loose from one another.”
-Ayelet Waldman