In the Sunday edition of the New York Times Magazine, The First Suburbanite, covers the life, and upcoming biography, of writer, John Cheever.
His father, a shoe salesman, lost his job in the Depression; his mother mortified everyone in the family by opening a gift shop. Cheever believed himself to have been unwanted and unloved. If not for a second Manhattan enjoyed one evening, his mother told him, he would never have been conceived, and his father later encouraged her to see an abortionist. Cheever’s closest relationship — an intimacy that may have been literally incestuous — was with his older brother, Fred, who in later years also became an alcoholic, and in some ways the rest of his life was a quest to create for himself the kind of innocent, unconditional familial embrace he felt deprived of.
This is the third article in as many weeks on a famous figure of some kind in the NYTimes, that says how this famous person was almost aborted. Not quite sure what I make of it yet.