Books

How Not To Be A Boy by Robert Webb

At the moment I’m writing a novel. The protagonist is a teenage boy. His name is Anthony and he’s dealing with a lot of things in his life, one of which is the underlying current of societal expectations of masculinity. This isn’t exactly a huge theme in the book, but I think it’s probably an important part of any boy’s upbringing, so I want to get it right. I decided therefore to read some things about what it’s like to grow up male.

I am not, and nor have I ever been, male.¬†However I have always empathised with expectations of masculinity. I’ve been the breadwinner in every household I’ve lived in since a young age, and I’ve been surrounded by people and situations that made showing any kind of emotion discouraged. Growing up, I felt pressured to swallow whatever I might have been feeling and essentially ‘man up and get on with it.’ Despite not knowing what it’s like to be a boy, therefore, I have perhaps an above-average level of empathy for the challenges brought on by society’s expectations of masculinity.

Enter Webb’s autobiography.

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Weekly Reading List #2 – Wine, Weather And Whodunnits

I read quite a lot of books last week, but several of them were very short. Most of them were novels – I seem to be on a fiction drive at the moment.

There were a few that were disappointing, which was a shame, and one or two surprises. So without further ado, here are this week’s reviews.

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Books

The Truth by Neil Strauss

This intriguing book was sent to me by a friend, who thought (correctly) that I’d enjoy it.

My friend caveated the recommendation with the view that the book should have been called ‘MY truth’ rather than ‘THE truth’, and I’d agree with that. But it was interesting all the same.

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Four Satisfying Novels For A Sunday Afternoon

I need time alone the way other people need air.

(I also need air. I’m not a robot, contrary to popular opinion.)

From the beginning of February to the end of April, I did not have a single 24-hour period when I was alone the whole time. Frankly, I’m surprised I didn’t totally crack up, what with builders building and people staying and flying around Europe and conferencing and working and…

I needed a break.

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Book Reviews: Dark Novels, Vanished Kingdoms, and Online Communities

This week’s books were all quite intriguing. From fact to fiction, I learned something new from each one.

Read on for reviews!

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Academia

Academic Round-Up: Facebook, Tattoos, Rape Myths and the Philosophy of Space-Time

Below is a round-up of recent research in psychology, anthropology, sociology and physics.

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