Poetry Book Review: Brock Guthrie’s “Contemplative Man”

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Poetry Editor Charlie Bondhus reviews Brock Guthrie’s forthcoming debut poetry book Contemplative Man, a “blunt and evocative” offering from Sibling Rivalry Press.

Will The Real Working Class Please Stand Up?

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This week, James Plunkett challenges his fellow millennials to stop pretending.

I Beg of You

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Who are you mis-valuing?

Three Trends That Will Push Demand For An Unconditional Basic Income

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With economic woes appearing insoluble, an old radical idea is looking newer and less radical all the time.

Where Labor Day Comes From

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What does “labor” even mean in America any more?

Get A Job! The Myth of Labor

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Our images of manhood and success are too often tied to a “working man” image that doesn’t exist in the real world any more.

The Hazards of Manhood

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Am I man enough? Am I powerful enough? Men put their bodies at risk to cover up pain, fear, and vulnerability.

Hymn to Working-Class New York

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Mark Naison speaks of the ordinary heroes that surround us, and where their ethic of heroism comes from.

I Only Look Like “The Man”

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Sometimes the privileged aren’t all they’re made out to be.

National Glory: Division I Sports and the Olympic Games

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Athletic competition was never a spiritually innocent pursuit. College football is no exception.

How I Became Obsessed With Sneakers

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No one has ever sacrificed for his children like Jorge Alberto Foglia, may he rest in peace.

Profiles of a Regular Man: The Full House

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Karl Tiedemann says the economy hasn’t affected him so much as it has his kids, who all work in retail and can’t afford to move out.

The Working Class Billionaire: Springsteen’s New Album “Wrecking Ball”

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Jesse Kornbluth on Bruce Springsteen, music and politics.

How Professional Women Can Objectify Men (and Why Waitresses Don’t)

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“Just as women rightly want to be valued for more than their looks, we men want to be appreciated for more than our job titles, resumes, or salaries.”

Why I Love My Blue-Collar Guy

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Some might say Blixa Scott, an attorney, is a real loser in the game of love: her boyfriend of four years gets paid by the hour to do physically demanding work. But she wouldn’t have it any other way.