4Columns is taking this week off, but we’ll still be reading: the below tales of twisted family relations from our archives may make you feel better about your own!
Melissa Anderson on the perverse union between brother and sister in Phantom Thread
Eric Hynes on the unusual mother-daughter duo Big and Little Edie in the documentary That Summer
David L. Ulin on a failed father searching for his failed son in the novel Eat Only When You’re Hungry
Brian Dillon on three sisters tortured (and impregnated) by their parents in the book The Water Cure