How to Be a Man: Scenes from a Protracted Boyhood

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W. W. Norton & Company, Mar 19, 2010 - Literary Collections - 256 pages
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From strip clubs to the Academy Awards to the basketball court—a ride through the landscape of guyhood.

Acclaimed fiction writer Thomas Beller digs deep into his own history in this humorous and insightful collection about the state of masculinity. With sharp and engaging eloquence he discourses on T-shirts; being your mother's date at the Academy Awards; life at a bagel factory; the irrational pleasures of old American cars—and the mysterious disappearance of the author's own particular vehicle from a street in downtown Manhattan; love, sex, and breakups in an office environment; the social ecology of street basketball—including the sudden peril befalling a particular court in Manhattan and the heartwarming efforts of previously disparate community members to save it; coaches; the death of a parent; getting over J. D. Salinger; and an attempt to build a complicated piece of furniture for a beloved. Through stints as a bike messenger, a drummer, a boyfriend and—possibly, potentially, finally—a husband, Beller writes about the life-changing effects of love and marriage—past, present, and future.
 

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HOW TO BE A MAN: Scenes from a Protracted Childhood

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An episodic and hardly momentous account of growing into early middle age in New York City.Beller (Before & After: Stories from New York, 2002, etc.) is a New York writer who really likes being a New ... Read full review

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User Review  - solicitouslibrarian - LibraryThing

The interesting thing about this series of stories (which are funny and well-written) is that they seem to progress towards the apex of marriage. Ah, that poor kid. Not right until he's hitched. These ... Read full review

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Contents

MANHATTAN ATE MY CAR
1
MOTHER GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
19
THE DRUMMER
35
PORTRAIT OF THE BAGEL AS A YOUNG MAN
51
THE PROBLEM WITH TSHIRTS
77
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About the author (2010)

Thomas Beller is the author of Seduction Theory, The Sleep-Over Artist and How to Be a Man. He is a founder and editor of Open City magazine and Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood.com. He lives in New York City and New Orleans.

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