Good Men Project

Lamb Chops, Jezebel, and Kate Chopin

By July 11, 2011 102 comments Permalink

  Is there such a thing as modern feminism?   As a composition instructor, the only short-story I routinely keep in my repertoire is “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin. It’s a nifty little tale of an aristocratic young woman with a heart condition in late 19th Century Louisiana who finds out that…

The Shot-in-the-Ass Economy

By July 6, 2011 83 comments Permalink

The continuing political battle regarding the debt ceiling in particular and the overall economy in general relates nicely to a scene in the masterful short-story “Until Gwen” by Dennis Lehane. The main character and his girlfriend are removing a hidden diamond from the room of a drugged nursing-home patient when the owner of that diamond,…

Scooter, the Big Man, and Me: In Memory of Clarence Clemons

By June 20, 2011 25 comments Permalink

In the summer of 1975, I was seven years old, and I’d just saved up enough money to buy my first record. I had other albums already: the ones my musician-father gave me as gifts (Wings, Chicago, The Woodstock Soundtrack), and the ones my older brother kept in the room we shared (Zeppelin, The Who,…

Happy Thursday, Every Thursday

By May 17, 2011 36 comments Permalink

My daughter was born on a Thursday. We’d gone to the hospital with still plenty of Wednesday left, but on that day, complications arrived instead of a child. As the sun sank into the distant horizon and night sifted down onto the city, my wife endured unimaginable things associated with a difficult childbirth. The pregnancy…

President Obama: Take a Lesson From ‘A Bronx Tale’

By May 6, 2011 70 comments Permalink

A lot will be made, and rightfully so, of the recent death of Osama bin Laden. Plenty of credit will be spread around, from heroic operatives to intelligence agencies and mostly, perhaps too much, to President Obama. Surely a massive, nationalistic victory will provide the President with a much-needed bump in the polls. Good for…