Those with enough bravery, commitment, and heart seem most able to cope with a world that doesn’t make sense.
Jay Leno’s 280 cars, Rick Dale’s ’51 F100, Tucker’s miracle car, and Paul Newman’s favorite car (anything FAST). We love these things. Here’s why.
Like these men, the force of traditions is strong with us. Their power as anchors depends on how deep they go and how much they reflect our deepest values.
The NYC Resurgence was about breaking constraints and rules. It did that with spectacular verve until breaking things became the rule, and it let go until the next evolution of rock.
Toughest thing you know, and reads you like a book. Counting on you but won’t judge you. Take a bullet for you if he could. It’s your dog.
They always knew there might be no way to win, but there’s a way to lose more slowly. You might be buried, but you’re not done ’til you’re dead.
Why I don’t rely on an academic version of manhood.
“You have any thoughts of your own on this matter? Or is that your thing: you come into a bar, read some obscure passage and pawn it off as your own idea just to impress some girls and embarrass my friend?” – Will Hunting
We’re better in a bundle than on the fringes.
Manhood can’t be conferred by a group. Political factions, cults, gangs, militias—these don’t make us men. They’re distractions. There’s no store-bought manhood. We’re told all that noise is manhood, but it’s suspiciously frail, fearful, and weak.
A show about being a man.
There are widespread human qualities, not exclusive to men, that we regard as manly. So what does masculine culture say about them, and why are they so central to a man’s identity? And what do they have to do with tools, dogs, cars and trucks, fishing and sports, protecting and providing, risk-taking and leadership?