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Thomas Page McBee was the “masculinity expert” for VICE and has written 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, Playboy, TheAtlantic.com, Glamour, Salon, and Buzzfeed, where he was a regular contributor on gender issues.
MAN ALIVE, his LAMBDA-award winning 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, and was featured in Esquire.
“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.”
Thomas is currently at work on a book about modern American masculinity. You can read his story, Why Men Fight, on Quartz, and watch this video made by the team there to get a sense of the next project: