Monday, October 19, 2009

Work-Life Balance: The Easy Solution

In the midst of a book review, information emerges on how film director Robert Altman balanced his personal and professional lives:

Less favorable are the contributions of his children, made all the more damning by their evident desire to say something nice. In a chapter titled "Fatherhood I," Stephen Altman gives a chilling account of what it was like to be the son of the man many considered America's greatest living director: "At one point, I think I was around ten . . . he had everybody sit down in his Malibu mansion . . . and told us that if it ever came down to it and he had to choose between all of us and his work, he'd dump us in a second." Stephen then tries to qualify this, inadvertently providing the coup de grĂ¢ce: "I don't know, maybe it was alcohol that made him say it. It's hard when you're young to know when people are drunk and belligerent and surly or hungover."


Rowan Manahan said...

In vino veritas?

Michael Wade said...


You may have nailed it.