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A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son (edição: 2020)

de Michael Ian Black (Autor)

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"Michael Ian Black takes a poignant look at manhood, written in the form of a heartfelt letter to his teenage son before he leaves for college. Black offers a radical plea for rethinking masculinity and teaching young men to give and receive love"--
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Título:A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son
Autores:Michael Ian Black (Autor)
Informação:Algonquin Books (2020), 304 pages
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Mostly Solid (More Than Jello, Less Than Steak) Advice From Father To Son On The Event Of The Son Leaving For College. And with that long-ass title out of the way... :D Seriously, this is a near-perfect letter of advice about life, love, and other mysteries from father to son as the son heads off to college and happens to have a celebrity dad. His statements about mass shootings are 100% incorrect in a couple of places, and his statements about Ayn Rand and White Guilt are philosophically incorrect (but in line with expectations given his own liberal philosophy), but otherwise what Black writes here rings true. And nearly as importantly, the love for his son rings through even louder than any moral or philosophical point he makes here. This is a type of letter than nearly any man wishes his dad would have left him, and Black truly does an excellent job of showing his own thinking and philosophies about the various issues discussed. In the end, I personally would love a celebrity from the right - as well as one of the very few celebrity anarchists such as possibly Woody Harrelson - to write similar public letters for their own kids, as between the three one would likely get an even stronger overall look at the topic at hand. But for exactly what it is, this truly is a phenomenal work with a quibble here or there, and very much recommended. ( )
  BookAnonJeff | Jul 11, 2021 |
Wow! What an eloquent letter Black has written to his son about the attributes of masculinity. Black may be best known for his comedy, but the questions he poses in this book are not. Why are boys falling behind girls academically? How can we teach boys to respect girls? Why are young black men turning guns on others and on themselves? I love his use of the adjective “quiet” to describe manhood. According to him, the three most difficult words for a male to say are “I need help.” I am not sure why he included the information on the suffragette movement and abolition. I guess it could be a conversation started, but the rest was so good this was not needed. ( )
  brangwinn | Sep 23, 2020 |
So this is definitely a departure from the stuff I usually read. I found it to be a very pleasant detour. Author and actor Michael Ian Black writes this as an informal letter to his 18 year old son as he prepares to leave to college. The purpose of this long essay is to ask and try to answer the question of what is wrong with how boys are raised that often lends them to be emotionally closed off, and sometimes trending toward violence. This isn’t written in a educationally indoctrinated way that uses data and studies to prove points. A lot of the representations here are written as experiences that the author has had as a white male raised in America. This is a fresh and different perspective that I found very interesting, and while it isn’t written in a textbook manner, it was informative and does allow some insight into so many issues in American society. Covering mass shootings to racism and the privilege that comes from being one skin color over another skin color. I think this is a valuable book for anyone to read, whether you are raising boys, are a boy, or are married to one. I plan to share it with my significant other. Thank you to Edelweiss for the copy in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  hana321 | Aug 2, 2020 |
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