Thursday, August 2, 2007

Genetics, or Social Class? Or Both?

To post this one, I'm going to have to admit that I read Dear Prudence. ^__^

In one of her questions this week, a reader asks about an adoption issue. You can go to Slate and read Prudence's answer for yourself, but halfway through she drops this gem:

Interestingly, mogul Steve Jobs was put up for adoption by his young, unmarried parents, who went on to marry, give birth to novelist Mona Simpson, and divorce.

I want to know more. Who are these parents? How did they navigate the odds of life to produce two... um... "bestselling" children? (Mona Simpson, if the name is unfamiliar, wrote Anywhere but Here, which later became the film with Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman.)

Reading Mona Simpson's bio on Wikipedia gives a few clues. Go look, if you're interested, and see if your deductions are the same as mine.

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