February 9, 2007
There is a new Guy book on the market. If you want a wild read that explores the Very Broad spectrum of mainstream masculinity, US Guys is for you. Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Charlie LeDuff takes you on a trip across America. He experiences and reports on the Burning Man festival in Nevada; a sad-hearted Russian clown in a traveling circus; takes part in a cavalry charge down the Little Bighorn River with war reenactors; joins a C-level professional football team; infiltrates a West Oakland bike gang that holds fight parties; travels with Appalachian snake handlers and tent revivalists; and covers a cowboy love story at a gay rodeo.
It's not a book for everyone, but I really do like the adventure and the broad stroke with which he paints the concept of masculinity in America. Check out the book at Amazon.com.
February 7, 2007
In the Man-Making book, one of the ways I talk about being a man-maker is by doing nothing! That's because all boys are hardwired to watch older men for clues on how to be a man. Check out this TV news report about how one 87 year old is shaping lives just by being his glorious self. And then remember, the boys are watching you.