12/26/2012 03:01 pm ET

Does Being A Dad Change The Way You Watch Film?


People say “everything’s different after you become a parent,” and it certainly felt that way two Fridays ago, when Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary. Whether consciously or not, I avoided the TV all weekend, taking my news from a couple of daily web and newspaper hits. The pundit and pop-culture blogger James Lileks later remarked that he’d decided to stay out of politics for the day, saying only, “There’s not a parent in the country who doesn’t want to go to their child’s school and pick them up.” The same thing occurred to me. My son is almost 4, and those terrorized 6-year-olds in the news photos were not much bigger than he is.