Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later... That the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life.

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Wolfe, Tom. The Bonfire of the Vanities. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1987.