Category: 2013 Fall

Driving Home Lessons for my Son

Photo Credit: STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP/GETTY IMAGES SOMEHOW WE SURVIVE by Dennis Brutus Somehow we survive and tenderness, frustrated, does not wither. Investigating searchlights rake our naked unprotected contours; over our heads the monolithic decalogue of fascist prohibition glowers and teeters for a catastrophic fall; boots club the peeling door. But somehow we survive severance, deprivation, loss. Patrols uncoil along the asphalt dark hissing their menace to our lives, most cruel, all our land is scarred with terror, rendered unlovely and unlovable; sundered are we and all our passionate surrender but somehow tenderness survives. “Somehow We Survive” was...

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John Stoltenberg on Gender and Character

Logan Howlett, an editor and blogger for the website Disrupting Dinner Parties (, recently interviewed John Stoltenberg after reading Stoltenberg’s essay, “Why Talking About ‘Healthy Masculinity’ Is Like Talking About ‘Healthy Cancer’”( masculinity-is-like-talking-bout-healthy-cancer/). Stoltenberg, who has explored the distinction between gender identity and moral identity in many essays, is author of Refusing to Be a Man: Essays on Sex and Justice and The End Manhood: Parables on Sex and Selfhood.   Logan Howlett: The “problem” of reaching men and masculine people who don’t see any problem with their masculinity as it is—why do you think these men are resistant...

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From Saving Private Manning to Private Manning Saving Us

INTERVIEW WITH CLAIRE LEBOWITZ BY JOHN STOLENBERG “Who is the real Private Manning? Does anyone know? Can anyone know?” Those were central questions in John Stoltenberg’s review of playwright Claire Lebowitz’s documentary theater piece Bradass87, about the Army private sentenced in August for passing secret government documents to WikiLeaks. Lebowitz crafted the script from primary sources—including Manning’s own online chats and instant messages, in which Manning used the handle Bradass87. Stoltenberg called the play “a unique and fascinating front-row seat to history. Built around Manning’s own words and artfully compiled from documents on thepublic record, Bradass 87 delivers an...

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Sting: To Be A Man, Treat Women Well

Musician-activist Sting believes in gender equality. Interviewed about the meaning of manhood at the Printer’s Row Lit Fest June 8 at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, he said the following… I think in older societies, or so-called primitive societies, they had a very ritualized form of a rite of passage where a boy would go through some ordeal…go into the woods or the forest and survive or climb a mountain…. We don’t have that in modern society. It’s much more vague for men. How do we go from being boys to men? I don’t think it’s overnight. For me,...

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