The tagline of Laurie Halse Anderson’s TWISTED:
“Everyone told me to be a man. Nobody told me how.”
From “Dancing in the Dark,” the second episode of MY SO-CALLED LIFE:
GRAHAM: It’s okay to like someone, but, I mean — boys your age can sometimes –
ANGELA: Dad, I know.
(She pauses) …Can sometimes what?
GRAHAM: Can sometimes not know how to be what you want them to be. My point is that it’s really hard to figure out how to be a man. Practically every man I know is still working on it.
BONUS FOR YOU: While we’re talking about MSCL and masculinity, here’s my review of the show. I had to lobby really hard to get to write this because the Socialist Worker reviews editor wasn’t really familiar with the show, so my insistence that we review the DVD set of a teen television show that had aired 13 years earlier was met with pronounced skepticism. But this was obviously an argument I was going to win.
BONUS FOR ME: is the fact that I am going to see Tom Irwin (i.e. the actor who played Graham, as in the above quote) on stage this weekend!