ANSWERING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: “Why do moms in my generation regress, whether by drugging, cheating, or going out too late and too often? Because everything our children thrive on—stability, routine, lack of flux, love, well-paired parents—feels like death to those entrusted with their care. . . . These women are the men their mothers divorced.”

Related: “Everybody thinks they are countercultural rebels, insurgents against the true establishment, which is always somewhere else.”