Pissing off a woman isn’t always a bad thing…

American popular culture isn’t exactly brimming with examples of men behaving well. Or at least, men behaving as honorably and sensibly as possible (I almost wrote, under the circumstances here, but I agree with George Bernard Shaw, there are no “circumstances,” we simply create situations, then deal with them). Apparently (I have this second hand fromContinue reading “Pissing off a woman isn’t always a bad thing…”

Style Matters

For any of you who feel “style” has nothing to do with being a real man, I cordially invite you to visit the following alarming website: Men of WalMart. I realized, after writing chapters on subjects like courage, truth, and action, that no book intending to help men become better humans could ignore the subjectContinue reading “Style Matters”

Steve Jobs — a real man

He’s gone. Franklin. Edison. Ford. Jobs. In a hundred years, kids will learn about this guy in school, young adults will do their best to emulate his daring and style, to match his achievements, and old folks will read or listen or watch his 2005 commencement address to the graduating class at Stanford University andContinue reading “Steve Jobs — a real man”

Be a man, rule the dogpark

I live in the wilderness. Well, on the edge of the wilderness. Bears camp out in my backyard. Seriously. One broke into a neighbor’s home a couple of years ago. He was found snoozing on his back, four giant paws in the air, having ripped the hinges off the fridge and helped himself to beerContinue reading “Be a man, rule the dogpark”

A second new novel in the works, SPIKE SANTEE

As mentioned in a previous post, I’m currently working away on two novels. I don’t know what it is with me and work — if I don’t have too much to do, I tend to do… nothing. So when it comes to writing, I’ve learned over the years that I can’t possibly bite off tooContinue reading “A second new novel in the works, SPIKE SANTEE”

NICHOLAS DODGE, one of two new novels on the go

The writing on MAN UP now at an end, I’m able to turn my flying fingers to the task of typing away at two new novels. The first, NICHOLAS DODGE (a working title at this point), begins with a chase through the streets of Stockholm, then shifts to the mountainous West Kootenay region of BritishContinue reading “NICHOLAS DODGE, one of two new novels on the go”

Men behaving badly, Italian style

I don’t want to give the impression only North American men are in dire need of up-manning. From crazed Norwegian mass murderers, to loutish British street thugs, to panty-ripping French financial gurus, Europe has more than its fair share of male assholes. One of my personal favorites is Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. This guyContinue reading “Men behaving badly, Italian style”

Who’s a man’s man?

At one time I considered using this shot on the front cover of MAN UP. The idea was that Humphrey Bogart represented a decidedly 20th century notion of manliness, a subtle way of suggesting that the book was about moving on, leaving the past in a puff of smoke, encouraging men to embrace the new century.Continue reading “Who’s a man’s man?”