I enjoyed it -- but I don't even think he intended for it to be taken literally.
Anyhow, I'm pretty good at picking out what resonates with me, and putting aside what doesn't seem workable for my own life.
Though I loved the pictures of parents enjoying books while their children played -- I personally don't feel right about getting lost in my own world if my children are wanting to interact with me. Now, I have no problem with getting lost when my children are happy playing on their own.
I agree with him that children don't need micro-managing, hovering parents. But they do
need available parents.
I kind of get the impression that he thinks parents know best: I.e. anti-consumerism is better than consumerism -- except, I guess, when it comes to adult consumption of alcohol,
. But maybe he organically brews his own stuff, huh? Otherwise, if you're talking about drinking enough to be hung-over on a regular basis, that sounds like some pretty expensive consumerism.
But I found it amusing when he observed that children like to be busy, parents like to be idle -- so it makes sense to let the children do the work. As long as he means "letting" kids be busy in the ways that they choose to be busy -- and not forcing them to do work that they're not interested in doing. And he obviously disdains the work ethic, so I'm sure he's not advocating forced labor.
Thanks for letting us know about him! I'll enjoy reading more of his stuff.