Raising Kevion in the NY Times Magazine is excerpted from reporter Jason DeParle’s upcoming book on three ex-welfare mothers and their families. The main character is a man trying to be a good father in a world in which selling drugs is “cool” and delivering pizza is “gay.”

Mickey Kaus says a Washington Post story buried the good news: The birth rate for unwed teen-agers is down, and it can’t all be explained away.

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  1. I’m sorry the young man in question has such an idealized yet dim view of marriage. I recently got married, and it adds such a sense of security to the relationship.

    On the other hand, it’s good to see that the young man is taking responsibility for raising his son–and trying to take responsibility for raising his girlfriend’s sons–without having a positive example of his own to follow. I sincerely hope he’s the start of a new trend.