Jed Diamond writes at at the Good Men Project:
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When I first read Tom Matlack’s collection of stories about defining moments in men’s lives, I felt I was among kindred spirits. Tom found there was a connection between all the stories:
There was a moment when each man woke up, looking in the mirror and said, “I thought I knew what it meant to be a man. I thought I knew what it meant to be good. And I realize that I don’t know either.”
The only difference for me was that growing up I never had a clear sense of what it meant to be a man or what it meant to be a good man. My father was a writer and actor who became increasingly depressed when he couldn’t find meaningful work to support his family. When I was five years old he tried to commit suicide and spent the next seven years at Camarillo State Mental Hospital.