By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.
Kindling Quarterly is a new magazine for cool dads. Seriously. And when you read founder David Michael Perez's mission statement, it's actually quite sweet: "We offer no dramatic manifestos or grand theories about what it means to be a father, just simple explorations of creative individuals whose role as a parent - whether stay at home, working full time, or everywhere in between - is intrinsic to their life, and often their career." In other words, they profile men who make other fathers say "I don't know how he does it!"
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And before you go thinking "No male would ever say that," hear this. On a recent episode of Jeff Garlin's podcast, By the Way, the comedian sat down for a conversation with his friend J.J. Abrams - a.k.a. the creator of Alias, Felicity, and Lost and director of Star Trek and Star Wars. Garlin wasn't really interested in talking about Abrams' ridiculous résumé, though. What he most wanted to find out was how the director/producer/businessman/god to sci-fi fans manages to do all of that and be an amazing father and husband. "Seriously, how do you do it?" Garlin inquired.
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So men are wondering how to have success in both the professional and family spheres, and they do consciously admire their peers who they think are nailing it. What remains unclear is whether they'll find Kindling Quarterly's way of presenting this type of advice appealing - or if they're so interested in finding out that they'd read a magazine on the subject.
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