Amina’s mom was really into cooking and spent almost none of her time at home talking about work.
This character is an homage to Christina Romer, the William and Mary graduate who earned a PhD at MIT, then told off Larry Summers at the height of the economic crisis. He and staff dismissed her, basically for being a woman.
In light of the connection I was trying to make to Vampire Weekend, I worried this section was going to sound like a riff on Najmieh Batmanglij, the erudite, cosmopolitan mother of Vampire Weekend producer/keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij, who writes cookbooks and lives in McLean and Georgetown. Rostam went to the Potomac School, which is in McLean, Virginia rather than Potomac, Maryland, which is where the Amina character is supposed to live. Actually, this character is loosely based on a family friend who lives a town away who is not Christina Romer nor Najmieh Batmanglij.
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