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Tiger dad defends tiger mom
By Nikita Lalwani Tuesday, February 1, 2011, Yale Daily News
The Tiger Dad — Yale Law School Professor Jed Rubenfeld — has spoken out on a Wall Street Journal blog.
He defended his wife, Amy Chua, the Yale Law School professor whose recent book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" has sparked much media controversy.
"Amy Chua is a great mom," he said, noting that he does not like talking about his family in public. "Her daughters love her and whatever you might have read or heard, both Sophia and Lulu, my daughters, as anybody who knows them will tell you, are strong, confident girls who are doing great. That’s what’s important to me."
He spent most of his interview talking about his own academic interests, including his most recent novel "The Death Instinct," which is based on the story of the 1920 Wall Street bombing that killed 38 people.
Tiger Dad? The WSJ Chats With Yale Law’s Jed Rubenfeld
February 1, 2011, 10:16 AM ET Wall Street Journal
Anyone who got all wrapped up in the Amy Chua saga in the last few weeks (you know who you are) probably found him or herself wondering about Chua’s husband who, after all, signed off on his wife’s plan to raise their children with an exceptional amount of strictness.
Turns out, Chua’s husband, Yale Law professor Jed Rubenfeld, is known for much more than his now-famous wife.
Rubenfeld just released his second novel, “The Death Instinct.” According to this story in the WSJ’s Steven Kurutz, his new book, like his international best-seller “The Interpretation of Murder,” is a well-plotted historical thriller, this time based on the 1920 bombing of Wall Street that killed 38 people.
For now, a little biographical information about Rubenfeld, courtesy of Kurutz’s Q&A: He’s 51, grew up in Washington, D.C., went to Princeton and Harvard Law, and has lived for two decades in Connecticut, writing fiction when he’s not teaching or authoring law articles.
A couple excerpts from Kurutz’s Q&A.
Why were you so interested in the 1920 bombing on Wall Street?
I had never heard of it until I was doing legal research of my own on past terrorist acts in the United States. When I first read about it, I actually thought somebody was making it up. It was a terrorist bombing, around the corner from Ground Zero, on a September morning. But it’s true. I was amazed to find out about it and equally amazed to find out we still don’t know who did it.
Has it been an interesting last few weeks in your house, given the huge attention your wife’s memoir has received?
Amy’s book has sparked an intense conversation, in this country and now around the world. I think that’s a great thing. I don’t myself like talking much about my family in public. I can say one thing to you on the record: Amy Chua is a great mom. Her daughters love her and whatever you might have read or heard, both Sophia and Lulu, my daughters, as anybody who knows them will tell you, are strong, confident girls who are doing great. That’s what’s important to me.
If you wrote your own parenting memoir, how would it differ from your wife’s book?
Number one: I would never write a memoir of my own. And number two: I’m in complete agreement with all the values by which Amy and I tried to raise our kids.
Are you working on another book?
I’m well into a book. But it’s a law book. I’ll be lucky if six people buy it and in that six I’m counting my family. I wish that more people read my law books, but one has to be realistic about that. You hope that a few people will read them and it might change the way people think about certain legal issues and eventually make a difference in the way courts decide cases.
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