Be it politics or sports, there are some whose path appears pre-determined just on account of a surname. And traversing it, as inevitable as the world can make it seem, paradoxically appears as an insurmountable feat.
Fans or colleagues, those around such individuals imbue moments of personal nostalgia – a shared experience between parent and child – with impossibly high stakes. DNA is not enough for the world to acknowledge your heredity. It demands an overt display that makes legacies built by sheer effort and will even harder to sustain.
Where science and ritual overlap
In her debut book, Sasha Sagan reflects on being raised by two 20th-century science heroes – the influential Carl Sagan and his better half Ann Druyan – without any sense of burden or urgency. In conversation with The Express Tribune, she seemed at ease with her surname as she goes about building family tradition in her own way.
“I think my…