Why punk rock dudes can make great dads

In case you haven't heard yet, there's a movie rolling through theaters called The Other F Word. In this case, "F" stands for family, and this documentary is all about punks who have become parents. The tag line: "What happens when a generation's ultimate anti-authoritarians — punk rockers — become society's ultimate authorities — dads?" pretty much sums it up nicely. The father-focused film follows Blink-182's Mark Hoppus, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, Rise Against's Tim McIlrath, and Pennywise's Jim Lindberg on their punk dad journey, which you can preview here.

How my favorite Banned Book shaped my adolescence and adulthood

My point is that I love to read, and there's something slightly extra delicious about knowing you're reading a book that has been, or is currently being, challenged in some way. Since I know we're nearly all bookworms in some form or fashion around the Empire, I thought it'd be fun if a few staffers picked our favorite Banned Book and talked about why it's important to us. Without further ado… dig in!

Let's ditch the "one size fits all" model of parenting

Like life, parenting is not a one-size-fits-all situation. Maybe it's the idealist in me, but on this front I'm pretty much middle of the road on the stuff that seems to make parents pull out knives on each other. I don't understand the obsession we seem to have, or at least that the media thrusts upon us, with tar and feathering one another. My motto is: make sure you're educated, informed, evaluate your life and circumstances, and then get to the business of doing what works best for you and yours.