Less than a year and a half ago, Peter Lanza's son Adam killed 20 children and several adults at a grade school in Newtown, Connecticut. In addition, Adam murdered his mother who had been Lanza's first wife.
The current issue of The New Yorker carries the first comprehensive interview with Lanza, conducted by Andrew Solomon. It runs 15 pages. Here you can read it.
As a piece of journalism, it's well done. Solomon takes up the questions we readers are most interested in. They range from what the experts opine was Adam's psychiatric condition to how he was as a little boy. However, Solomon seems to have been unable to deliver to us the man Lanza was before the mass killing and who he is now. Maybe that was a condition of the interview: Not to get in there too close to the human being whose biological son did such terrible things. Or maybe Peter just keeps the drawbridge up and the moat full of stuff which might have scared the journalist.
For example, Lanza is not distributing to charity or throwing out crates of teddy bears and candy well-wishers have sent him. We are left clueless why. Why didn't Solomon keep asking about that, the way journalists are trained to do? In discussing why he has on display photos of his other son Ryan but not one of Adam, Lanza sounds too scripted. He says, "I'm not dealing with it ... You can't mourn for the little boy he once was. You can't fool yourself." But, it's so human to mourn for the people in our lives as they once were. That's the tragedy of divorce as well of a mother such as mine who slowly vanished into madness.
Maybe in five or 10 years Lanza will break open and show us who he is. What came across in The New Yorker wasn't that.