… Lerner suggests, what he learned in the school that was the American Midwest was how to be a man, in the narrowest, most noxious sense of the word. And the problem of masculinity—how to define it, achieve it, control it—is the central theme of The Topeka School.If, on the cusp of my 78th birthday, I haven’t learned how to be a man, it’s probably too late for me to find out. Actually, I don’t think I ever thought about it. I just went about the business of being me as best I could. There are some things best left to practice. Skip the theories. And please don’t bore me with talk of toxic masculinity.
Monday, September 30, 2019
… Jews of Kansas: Adam Kirsch Reviews Ben Lerner's 'The Topeka School' – Tablet Magazine. (Hat tips, Dave Lull and Rus Bowden.)