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“What if Middle Eastern terrorists began kidnapping and killing the children of world diplomats?”

This Father’s Day Give Pop The Right Tool for the Job

Check out this excerpt of Right Tool for the Job: A Memoir of Manly Concerns by Mark Goldblatt and pick it up on Amazon for your pop — Father’s Day is almost here…

A Man, Measured

The newest installment in an ongoing series of essays on culture

Having a birthday this week lead me to some reflection.  Not on myself, of course, since I’m already too hip for the room. But I’d just seen the very decent 12 Strong the weekend before and I’d been contemplating why this enjoyable story of duty, heroism, and general smack-down of some very real, very bad guys had performed rather poorly at the box office after receiving the traditional golden shower from a lot of film critics.

To ask the question is to answer it: because it’s an enjoyable story of duty, heroism, and a general smack-down of some very real, very bad guys.

Reading Klavan In Canada

Part 10 of the Andrew Klavan Symposium

Sometimes the path to inspiration doesn’t go the way we think it will… I had traced the sole copy of Andrew Klavan’s Werewolf Cop – the only book by him available, anywhere in the vast expanse of the province of Ontario, apparently – to a Chapters bookstore in the mid-sized town of Waterloo…

Raising Sheep Dogs in a World of Wolves & Sheep

Continuing a dialogue on how to raise strong men with strong literature…

Mike Baron writes, “A lot of young folks ain’t readin’.  Just ain’t readin’.  Weren’t raised that way.” Alas, so true….  But part of the reason – for young boys at least – they’re not given much of anything they’d actually like to read. Give ‘em what they crave, and it will lead to all that “toxic masculinity” dontcha know.

Rites of Passage in Classical Literature for Boys, Part 3: Treasure Island

“’One more step, Mr. Hands,’ said I, ‘and I’ll blow your brains out!  Dead men don’t bite, you know,’ I added, with a chuckle….  Something sang like an arrow through the air; I felt a blow and then a sharp pang, and there I was pinned by the shoulder to the mast.  In the horrid pain and surprise of the moment – I scarce can say it was by my own volition, and I am sure it was without a conscious aim – both my pistols went off, and both escaped out of my hands.  They did not fall alone; with a choked cry the coxswain loosed his grasp upon the shrouds, and plunged head first into the water.”

What inspired the author, Robert Louis Stevenson, to place his protagonist in such a precarious position; high up the mizzenmast, looking down upon a half-drunk, half hungover pirate twice his size, bent upon seeing the young Jim Hawkins to “Davy Jones’ locker?”

When An Overpriced Head of Lettuce Becomes An Attack on Your Masculinity

$4.99?!

Mark Goldblatt’s memoir Right Tool for the Job is loaded with hilarious stories and insights into becoming a man.