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Public Apology writer makes letter format a memoir

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 18, 2013 at 1:39 pm •  Published: March 18, 2013

AP: Were you trying to get in touch with your previous selves?

Bry: I think about the stuff that I've done wrong a lot. I'm a real harsh judge of behavior, probably most harshly my own. I look at my behavior pretty closely and look back on things and can identify many, many times in my life that I screwed up. I think I've always been looking back five years and thinking, 'Oh my god, thank god I'm not that same person. I was such an idiot.' Five or 10 years from now I'll be looking back and thinking, 'Oh my god, what a clown, what a fool. I can't believe he wrote that book.'

AP: Do dads have more to apologize for than moms? I noticed both you and your wife were responsible for losing your son in a Brooklyn park.

Bry: I do more parenting, hours-wise, than my wife. I work at home and my wife works in an office. But the (expletive)-up ratio? I am definitely the (expletive)-up in the family (laughing), compared to my wife. I really, really felt strongly that thing people talk about, where before you have a kid you're living for yourself. Once you have a kid it really is that you're living for that other person.

AP: Do you have more to apologize for than the average person?

Bry: No. The way that I look at it is that we're all pretty much the same, and some of us maybe will feel more guilty about stuff, and maybe get kind of more hung up. I think my northeastern Jewish upbringing made me sort of lean in that direction, toward the kind of Woody Allen, hand-wringing guilt. But I kind of think everyone's equally guilty, except the extreme examples. Basically, I think, we're all trying to do our best in this world, and we all mess up a lot. The flipside is we're all deserving of forgiveness.


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