Thomas Page McBee was the “masculinity expert” for VICE and writes the columns “Self-Made Man” for the Rumpus and “The American Man” for Pacific Standard. His essays and reportage have appeared in the New York Times, TheAtlantic.com, Salon, and Buzzfeed, where he was a regular contributor on gender issues.
MAN ALIVE, his memoir about what makes a man (City Lights) was named a best book of 2014 by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, NPR Books, and BuzzFeed. It received a rave review in the New York Times, earned starred reviews in Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly, was featured in Esquire, and is finalist for a 2015 Lambda Literary Award. He is a member of PEN America. Thomas is the Director of Growth at the global news site Quartz (Atlantic Media) and at work on a book about modern American masculinity.
“The act of writing could amount to a kind of revenge. But empathy, instead, is McBee’s objective, the most important part of becoming real in one’s own eyes. ‘Being human,’ he concludes, ‘means being at the mercy of others.’ That’s a part of aspiration, too. We are born human; with hard work, we achieve humanity.”