Please Baby Please Baby Please Baby Please

April 4th, 2006 by Larry Smith

I can’t help but invoke the inimitable mating call of Mars Blackmon, the greatest Spike Lee character (in She’s Gotta Have It, which turns 20 this year), as I hype a new anthology Maybe Baby: 28 Writers Tell the Truth About Skepticism, Infertility, Baby Lust, Childlessness, Ambivalence, and How They Made the Biggest Decision of Their Lives. The book was birthed by Lori Leibovich, based on a series she edited on Salon. My own indecision over daddyhood is among the essays by Rick Moody, Lauren Slater, Neal Pollack, the always delightful Rebecca Traister, and Joe Loya (one terrific storyteller; have you read his book about robbing banks and doing time?). Kathryn Harrison’s essay, “Cradle to Grave,” about the mental and physical balancing act of raising her newborn and caring for her ninetysomething grandmother blew me out of the water. Lori, Kathryn, and myself will hash all this out today at noon (EST) on WNYC radio’s Leonard Lopate Show .

Here’s the essay.

Piper and I interviewed about our baby dilemma in Salon.