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Interview: Dave Barry: You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty

April 6th, 2014 - 7:36 pm

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“One day at 4:30 in the afternoon,” Dave Barry writes in his latest book, his 13-year old daughter Sophie, “went into her bathroom, which is pink, and WHOOM!, some kind of massive hormone bomb went off there.”

The result has been utter chaos, both for Sophie, and especially for Dave himself, who’s having to deal with a massive influx of boys visiting his house. “They come around.  They come around all the time now.  There didn’t used to be boys in our life.  And now there are boys on the lawn, on the roof, in the trees.  They’re like squirrels; they’re just boys coming around.”

“And I don’t like it, Ed,” he insists. “ I used to be a boy.  I’ve been a male my entire life.  And let’s be honest.  We’re scum.  Of all the genders, we’re the worst one.  And that’s exactly the gender that is showing up now around our house.  And I Don’t. Like. It.”

Which is why the title of Dave’s latest book is based on reading the Riot Act to his daughter: You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About.

Perhaps Barry is overreacting just a minuscule amount to the situation. On the other hand, you’d be feeling a bit harried too, if you recently returned from the following nightmare scenarios:

  • Going to your first Justin Bieber concert and listening to a stadium full of teenage girls shouting “I loooooove you!!!! I loooooove you, Justin!!!!!!”  into your ear all night long.
  • Paying a fortune for tickets to take your daughter to said Justin Beiber concert, only for her to eventually discover that the Bieb is an idiot. Which Barry had pointed out to her before plunking out money for the concert.
  • Pondering what women see in 50 Shades of Grey, and asking your wife if she wants to try out the book’s scenario.
  • Visiting Israel on a quest for free Wi-Fi throughout the Holy Land.
  • Rappelling down an Israeli desert cliff and risking pooping on a rabbi due to total loss of sphincter control.
  • Having people approach you constantly to praise your article on the importance of colonoscopies.
  • The easy way for first time authors to promote their works by get booked on nationally-watched network talk shows by showing up at the studio door unannounced 15 minutes before airtime.

All of which we’ll discuss in our latest interview, and more. Click here to listen:

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"I used to be a boy. I’ve been a male my entire life. And let’s be honest. We’re scum. Of all the genders, we’re the worst one."

I know he's trying to be funny but this raises my hackles. When will men stop the ritualistic public self abasement. With respect to Dave's daughter, 13 year old girls can be just the nastiest creatures out there.
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"I used to be a boy. I’ve been a male my entire life. And let’s be honest. We’re scum. Of all the genders, we’re the worst one."

I know he's trying to be funny but this raises my hackles. When will men stop the ritualistic public self abasement. With respect to Dave's daughter, 13 year old girls can be just the nastiest creatures out there.
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Almost forgot -- as antidote, here's my interview last year with Dr. Helen on her "Men on Strike" book:

http://pjmedia.com/eddriscoll/2013/06/17/men-on-strike/
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There's likely something to offend everyone if you follow everything a humorist writes or says. Hopefully the rest of the interview was more enjoyable.
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First of all, as a long-time Dave Barry fan, I appreciate your creating new Dave Barry material. I think I may buy this one, at least because of the material on Israel.

I also appreciate his mentioning jumpstarting a car, after hearing Bill Whittle (of whom I am also a big fan) kind of define masculinity as knowing how to change a tire. I can do the former, but not the latter. Actually, to me, a man is a guy who does his own taxes.

BTW, I think we actually have more lawyers per capita in Israel than the US, but my impression is that a law degree here is kind of like being an English major in the US. I am impressed by how liberal the museums, et. al. are in the things they let kids do as opposed to in the US.
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The chapter on Israel was quite extensive, actually. And some it surprisingly sober, in contrast with the laugh-a-minute tone of the rest of the book.
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