Monday, May 19, 2014
If there's one thing that Manliness insists upon, it is that you must put up or shut up.
So put up, I shall, or endeavor to do so, anyway. The below blog post had implied that there may exist a better reading list for manliness. There is a book that I think belongs at the top of that shelf--Elmore Leonard's The Complete Western Stories. Readers will be familiar with Leonard's fun reads on low-life criminals in contemporary America but his cowboy stories, written many years prior, are fabulous too.
There's no real attempt by Leonard to proffer advice about how to prop up your manly self-esteem. All he does is what any greater writer should do: sketch in lucid detail what his subject is. And manliness, we find, is diverse: it's noble, brave, generous, heroic, but also sadistic, vindictive, impulsive, and more often than not, kinda stupid, and best of all--sometimes it is all of these things at the same time. So too Leonard shows us how, frankly, women in the prairie can be a lot more manly than men. Great stuff.