Really interesting blog post on masculinity in literature by Michael Bryson over at Underground Book Club. In this piece, Michael shares an excerpt from an unfinished essay he was writing a decade ago in relation to Richard Ford’s brilliant novel The Sportswriter, and he has some good insights on the various contentious issues involving gender in literature.
It’s too bad Michael never finished this essay, because it would have made an excellent addition to CNQ’s recent “gender issue”, on newsstands now. Not that the issue has a paucity of good pieces by any stretch – there are a number of fantastic essays in it, including one by Michael himself on the short stories of Carol Shields. You should go check it out if you haven’t already.