THERE IS A CREEPING SENSE of bitterness in our society – an ugly cynicism that says that fathers are no longer necessary. I’d seen hints of this viewpoint over the years, and I couldn’t blame those who espoused it. It sometimes came from women who’d been abandoned by men whom they were better off without.…

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THERE WAS a time when I believed I would always be hip; that I would never lose track of what was in. I was the guy who knew every new song, dance and phrase that defined the essence of cool. While other people memorized rap tunes, I wrote my own. When others watched hip-hop dancers,…

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