Psychologists call it “family of origin“. Really, they’re the people on whom you imprinted: those who gave you your adult world view or against whom you rebelled. But if you believe there’s such a thing as a “happy family“, you were born in a test tube and raised in a cave by wolves. Some families are less weird than others, that’s all.
Setting aside all physically abusive families, the Fang family is perhaps the weirdest one I’ve ever read about. Caleb and Camille are artists, MacArthur Geniuses, grant winners, gallery darlings. Their medium? Human confusion and anger. Their canvas–any place they can set people against one another or cause distress. Like Sasha Baron-Cohen, they find the outer limit of what people will tolerate, then push them past it. Unfortunately, they decide to use their children to create the chaos they engender.
Annie and Buster, or…
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